Post # 1
I’ve had a thyroid condition for 13 years. It goes from hypo to hyper as it pleases and right now I am battling hyper (which is great for my weight loss! Not so much for the baby). I see my endocrinologist every 4-5 weeks and have my medication changed around every time. I swear, my house is a pharmacy. Last time I was at the OB I got a strong reprimand that I hadn’t waited to get pregnant until my thryoid levels had stabled out. This confused me because while I understand it’s important to be stable in all aspects before conceiving a child, the pregnancy more that likely would have thrown off my levels ANYWAY (I went from hypo to hyper after becoming pregnant, so it definitely messed with my levels).
Were you hypo or hyper before you were pregnant and did it switch?
Post # 3
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 # 4
@BackyardLoveBird: The frustrating thing is that I went in December to my endo and my labs were perfect! She told me not to come back for 6 months (which is progress for me since I go every month right now) and then I called in February to tell them I was pregnant and my labs were .02 where normal is .5-2.3 🙁
Post # 5
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 # 6
@KellyV: I really appreciate your concern about my thyroid condition and midwife, and I am completely being sincere when I say that. This was one of the first questions I had for her and she actually has a thyroid condition herself and has had 3 children so she has a lot of experience dealing with it.
Also, in our area there are an astounding amount of women with thyroid conditions. It’s crazy because around here EVERYONE you talk to knows someone or has it themselves. It’s never been like that anywhere else I’ve lived.
Post # 7
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
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
@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
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
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.