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does hyperthyroidism affect pregnancy?

By Anonymous April 25, 2009 - 4:59am
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Hi Anon

Your questions have been pretty much answered above. She needs to see her OB/GYN and talk to her about the best ways to get - and stay - pregnant.

A fresh, healthy diet is better for anyone - especially someone who wants to get pregnant. Having hyper thryroid does not mean a woman cannot get pregnant, it just means she may need to be more closely monitored.



March 29, 2012 - 9:39am
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Hi Anon

Thanks for your question.

It is thought that hyperthyroidism is linked to a risk of miscarriage, but since up to one third of pregnancies end in miscarriage, it's difficult to put a number on this.

HGC (the "pregnancy hormone") that is present for all 9 months of pregnancy can stimulate the thyroid and cause elevated levels.

Many women find that their levels go back to normal a few months after pregnancy, but some elect for radiation therapy or surgery to correct the problem. Treatment during pregnancy is limited, due to risks to the baby.

Other ways a hyperthyroid can effect pregnancy are low birth weight, early labor and pre-eclampsia of the mother.

It also has to be said that hyperthyroidism in pregnancy is often of no harm to either mother or baby.

I have a question for you - are you asking for yourself? Some women only have thyroid issues during pregnancy, others have them regardless of pregnancy. Do you have a hyperthyroid now? Or do you worry that you will be during pregnancy?

April 25, 2009 - 5:41am
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Anonymous (reply to Susan Cody)

I have hyperthyroid and now I'm pregnant. What are the risk and what do I do to help ?

October 4, 2011 - 9:49am
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You need to tell your doctor or midwife about your hyperthyroid. In many cases, thyroid levels just need to be monitored but each individual case is based on it's own circumstances. Congratulations on both your pregnancies!


October 4, 2011 - 10:08am
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Anonymous (reply to Susan Cody)

yes i already have a hyperthyroid and for now i dont have a baby can hyperthyroid affect when i got pregnant?

August 18, 2010 - 10:22pm
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