(Closed) Pregnant Bees with Thyroid Conditions

posted 8 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
963 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I am curious to see what this thread says – I’m not pregnant, but I’m hypo and I worry about having children with this condition.  Once you get stabilized, you just want to stay there!

Post # 5
2207 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I was hypo to start and as soon as my endo confirmed my pregnancy she upped my dosage of Synthroid.  My endo said we were fine to TTC before it was leveled off AS LONG AS IT WAS BEING TREATED, which you were.   They just suggest that you go in monthly to have it monitored.

The TSH and T1 levels jumping around during pregnancy happens.   I have to go for monthly blood draws and monthly anatomy scans so they can be sure her growth is progressing normally, because thyroid issues can affect fetal growth.

I know you are set on a midwife, but PLEASE be sure it is a Certified Nurse Midwife and that she knows about your thyroid and that you take all the precautions. 

Post # 7
466 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I’ve been hypo for years.  I regulate it with medication.  At my first appointment with the OB, she checked my levels again and they were fine.  I’m 12 weeks and I keep meaning to ask her if she’s going to continue to check my levels, for the very reasons you talked about!

Post # 8
633 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

A few years ago my doctor said I was hypo and put me on Synthroid. I didn’t notice a huge difference in taking it although apparently my TSH went down a little bit. I went off it and had two blood tests by two different doctors like a year after going off it and was told my levels are “normal” – but I am always tired/lethargic so I don’t know. I need to know for sure if I AM or AM NOT before TTC because I have heard being hypo untreated can cause low IQ in babies. I am going to an endo next month to try to get a confirmation of if I am or am not.

Post # 9
2522 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@maggierose:  I have hypothyroidism.  I found out in high school and started levothyroxine.  Well I wasn’t good about taking it and just stopped, when my next blood test happened, I had been off of it for months.  My doctor said my tests came back normal and I told him I hadn’t taken my meds so he said to continue not to take them since my panels came back normal. Then two years ago I started my period and it wouldn’t stop, it wasn’t heavy just really really long (like three months)!  I went to a clinic and was referred to a GP in my area who ran tests and saw that my levels were way off!  So he prescribed levothyroxine and within two weeks my bleeding ceased.  I talked to him about it and he said that the thyroid gland can fluctuate in producing t3/t4.  I went off it earlier this year as I was trying to figure something out with my other meds, anyways, my long vaginal bleeding began again!  So I started back on it and it stopped.  All this may be too much info, but just keeping an eye on it doesn’t hurt.  I think having periodic checks, like every 3-6 months is good.  I am tested 3-6 months just to make sure the levels are correct.

Post # 10
131 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

I was born without a thyroid (very rare!) and have been on Synthroid my entire life. When I was eighteen my GP told me I may have trouble getting pregnant, but I still needed to be cautious anyway. I am diligent about checking my levels and when I feel tired/lethargic, I know it’s my thyroid levels. When I got pregnant last year, we checked my levels every few months and a week after I delivered I went to my GP to have my levels checked. Sure enough, they were low. 

I have never heard of going back and forth between hypo and normal… I didn’t realize that was possible. 

Post # 11
5654 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2011

When I was a teen I had hyper thyroidism and when I got pregnant I went hypo… or atleast on the lower end of “normal”…. I didn’t switch again until after I had the munchkin and it went crazy hyper. I ended up having to have emergency surgery to remove it bn/c they couldn’t get it back into range.

Now I just take levothyroxine and will have it checked periodically throughout my pregnancy.

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