Post # 1
I just found at that I have Hypothyroidism and my doctor is starting me on 25 mcg of Synthroid asap. I’m 11 weeks pregnant and kind of freaking out as dr. google has basically thrown at me a long list of mental delays my unborn child may have now that I have hypothyroidism during pregnancy.
Has anyone else experienced this? I would love some real life stories. What was the treatment, and did you go on to have healthy babies?
Trying not to completely freak out right now…
Post # 2
LunaRose101: I’ve been on treatment for hypothryroidism for a few years now, and while we haven’t been trying to get pregnant, from everything I’ve read as long as your condition is controlled it shouldn’t be an issue. Uncontrolled hypothyroidism is the problem.
Post # 3
LunaRose101: firstly congrats momma! I feel like i may be able to help a little, while i did not develop hypothyroid durring pregnancy. i have an autoimmune disease & had to have my thyroid completely removed in 2009. I will be on synthroid for the rest of my life, i was told i likely wouldn’t be able to have a baby (due to my disease) and yet here i am typing this away while my 9 month old son naps peacefully.
Firstly its great you have a dr. monitoring you, you’ll likely having to play around with your dosage durring pregnancy little increments here and there. Which means more blood tests but such is life. 🙂 Healthy baby + healthy momma = all that is important.
I had complications in my pregnancy which resulted in my son being born 1 month early, non reated to my thryoid issue. I’ve never been told he would have any mental delays or problems, maybe thats the extreem case if you never knew you had an issue with your thyroid the whole pregnancy and it was left untreated.
I will give you a heads up that post birth my thyroid medication was a MESS. Now, keep in mind my life is dependant on that medication, so my case is the extreem. But it did take me 7 months until i had my first “in the clear” blood test back from the labs to say i was finally stabalized.
If you plan on breastfeeding let your Lactation consultant know about the synthroid as low thyroid women often have supply issues (such was my case) There is medications, and herbs and pumping plans you can do to help boost your stupply (IF) that happens to you. So be sure to ask your health case provider if you have any questions.
It might be a bit of an overwhelming story but if you feel like reading it i was a guest on a breastfeeding blog about women with thyroid issues & PPD. i’ll leave the link here: http://www.thealphaparent.com/2014/03/triumphant-tuesday-breastfeeding-with.html
Anywhoo thats a lot of info, if you have any qyestions no matter how personal let me know or PM here. I’ll be happy to answer. Once again congrats on the baby!!
Post # 4
LunaRose101: Hi! I am also Hypothyroid and pregnant but have been hypothyroid for many many years. I think being that they caught it, you are good! You are actually on a very small dose as well so it seems like they caught it early on. I know how hard it is not to worry in pregnancy, but I really think this is something you should not need to worry about. Your doctor will monitor it to make sure that you are regulated. I wish you luck in your pregnancy!!
Post # 5
Soon_to_be_wed: Thanks! My TSH came back at 3.4 which my doctor said was not extremely high, but enough that we need to medicate it and keep an eye on it. I just keep reading all these horror stories about mental delays and even worse – later miscarriage and/or stillbirth, and I’m freaking myself out!
Post # 6
LunaRose101: Don’t worry yourself too much. I’m not pregnant but I’ve been hypo for 16 years. 3.4 is barely out of range (most labs use 0.3-3 as normal…but some will vary a little.) And like a PP said, 25 mcg is a very small dose. As long as you are treated and they keep an eye on it, you should be fine!
Post # 7
I had my thyroid removed in 2006 and am currently 5 weeks pregnant. After taking in a bunch of journal articles, evidence etc, I finally got my GP to refer me to an endocrinologist and increase my synthroid dose by a lot (about 30%) because your thryoid needs are increased in pregnancy. My TSH level on Friday was 10.6 (before increasing my synthroid) – way too high. Apparently, it should be under 2 in pregnancy.
You will need to have regular blood tests to monitor your TSH levels but otherwise I wouldn’t worry too much. As long as your medication level is correct, you should be fine.
Post # 8
I’ve been on thyroid replacement tablets for 6 years now (and I’m only 23 🙁 ), when I was diagnosed with auto immune disease, I asked about later pregnancy. As most PPs have said, as long as it’s controlled and you’re monitored closely, you and your baby should be fine.
I have read that becoming hypo during pregnancy is sometimes not a lasting effect on the mother after birth – that it’s just the added hormone needs from baby.
Make sure you have your bloods done regularly and keep a note on your depression, sleep and appetite. They are the guides I use for when I need to see my doc again.
Post # 9
LunaRose101: Just wanted to say my mom has thyroid issues and her mom had thyroid issues diagnosed in pregnancy. They never had trouble getting pregnant or staying pregnant and all of their children are mentally fine. Please don’t stress–it isn’t good for the baby!
Post # 10
Now that you’re being monitored you should be fine. You’re only 11 weeks. It’s super early and your labs weren’t that far out of range anyway. My thyroid has been an issue the last few years and I’m on synthroid and cytomel, higher dose than you (88mcg).
Post # 11
Yes, I’ve been taking 112 mcg for a couple years, and some kind of dose since a teen.
My mom is an MD and currently studying for her board recertification. Something she came across was research concluding that thyroglobulin levels are higher during pregnancy, especially in the first trimester. My understanding is that thyroglobulin will absorb the thyroid hormone in your body, increasing TSH temporarily. So she pulled Free T4 and TSH, which was a bit high (4.0), and we increased dose. My OB/GYN actually did not bring this up to me…
Post # 12
LunaRose101: Yes, you are barely out of the range, however when you are pregnant – they like to keep you on the lower side of the range and not the higher side of the range, so it is really good that they put you on meds. I know how hard it is to NOT worry during pregnancy! I myself worry about everything, and I know the hypo was something I worried about. Many, many women go on to carry healthy babies though being hypothyroid, especially when it is being treated! I am not going to tell you not to worry though, because I know it is impossible! When I was 4 weeks pregnant, I found out I was ANA +, and read horror stories about that as well! Now I am on meds, and know it was caught early that it should not be a problem, and as time goes on, I start to worry less and less (but I will never stop worrying). Just try to think positively, and make sure your doctor comtinues to monitor your thyroid!
Post # 13
Congratulations and try not to worry, its being treated early and youre on quite a low dose so it probably isnt too severe( im on 100 mcg thyroxine ). I didnt find out that i was hypothyroid until my son was six months old after i had gone from 8 stone to 13 stone while pregnant and could barely function. One of my readings was supposed to be between 2 and 12 and it was over 100.
I was so angry because, like you i was scared there would be lasting damage but my son is perfect and very clever ( proud mummy lol ). Just be glad that your doctor picked it up early and its being treated, though i know it can be worrying. Im sure everything will be fine.