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I'm 5 weeks preg & my TSH level is 5.1. Could my baby already be harmed?

By February 9, 2010 - 3:10pm
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I just got a call from my OB and she is sending me to an Endocrinologist and my TSH level is 5.1. I have hypothyroidism. I was diagnosed in 1992 with Hashimoto's goiter and took meds until 1996 when I had my first child. My levels evened out and I have not been on any meds since then. I will see a specialist next week and will start meds again but am concerned for my baby's health.

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Update... I'm cancer free and 10 weeks pregnant now! Praise God!

The biopsy was virtually painless and so fast. I have such a sense of relief and appreciation for life like I've never had. My endocrinologist has increased my Synthroid to 100mcg and is checking my levels every 6 weeks. I feel like a new person. Synthroid has taken away almost all of my fatigue, lack of mental acuity and depression. It's like night and day.

March 11, 2010 - 11:02am
(reply to VAMom)

I AM SO HAPPY!!!!! :-)

I was thinking about you the other day, and I just can't believe that you are cancer free and can't imagine the sense of relief & renewed energy you are experiencing right now. I am very excited for you!

Time flies with the pregnancy, doesn't it? 10 weeks already...and the best is yet to come!

Take care, and thank you for updating us. We'd love to hear about how your pregnancy progresses, too.

March 11, 2010 - 12:57pm

Thank you both for your support. My friends and family are 6 hours away and
reading your responses and knowing that I have support is comforting.

I met with my endo today and my pathology report shows one solid nodule in the lower pole of the left lobe measuring 1.9x1.5x1.2 cm. Increased vascularity is noted in the nodule on color Dopler.

Small lymph nodes are seen in the left side of the neck, the largest seen just lateral to the left thyroid gland measuring 2.1x.4x.7 cm.

impression: Markedly inhomogenousand slightly enlarged thyroid gland with solid nodule measuring 1.9 cm in the lower pole of the left lobe. Biopsy under ultrasound guidance is recommended.

My biopsy should take place next week. I'm just waiting on a call from scheduling.

February 23, 2010 - 1:56pm

Hi Allison. I had a thyroid sonogram to simply establish a baseline for size. They found a nodule on the left lower thyroid that is 1.9 cm and mostly solid. I also have an enlarged lymph node beside it. I was told that most of the time the solid nature means cancer and coupled with the lymph node is of great concern. I meet with my endo on Tuesday and will schedule a biopsy at that point. I'm terrified that I have cancer of the thyroid that is spreading. How do I manage this and carry a baby? I'm so tired from both preg and hypothyroidism(hashimoto goiter).

February 21, 2010 - 7:10am
(reply to VAMom)


I just wanted to echo what Alison said -- we are here for you. When you learn more, we can help you with any sort of research and support you need.

In the meantime, you might actually take some comfort from the third question on this page, about how they treat thyroid cancer (should this be what you are dealing with) during pregnancy:


And this page also supports that information:


Don't be terrified. Doctors clearly deal with this combination of thyroid cancer and pregnancy often. Your responsibility is to get the best information and doctors that you can, ask questions, and try to wait through all these tests with as little stress as you can. And please let us know when you know more so that we can help you with more information.

Take care, of yourself and that little one.

February 23, 2010 - 7:59am
(reply to VAMom)

Hi VAMom,

I am so happy to hear that you are going in for a biopsy Tuesday...do you know how long you need to wait for the results?

Depending on what the results are, we can provide more information about what your options are if you do have cancer and are carrying a baby. Your doctors will also be able to provide you with information and support.

I can not even imagine how emotionally and physically tired you must be, from both your pregnancy and medical conditions. Please hang in there, and let us know what you find out from your biopsy. Do you feel that you have a good social support network of family and friends to help you through this?

February 21, 2010 - 9:24pm

hi i am 27 yr have hypothyrodism right nw it is 11.99 i am tyring to conceive. is it ok at this level i am under treatment of thyroid since six months. i had an first abortion in oct'09 as my throid was untreated for initially 1.5 mnths. so Dr. sujjested me to get aborted.this would be my first baby and i dnt want to take any risk.plz sujjest what to do?

February 10, 2010 - 2:06am
(reply to money.sinha)

Hey, money.sinha,

I found your question on another thread and answered it there; you can find it if you click here:


Please let us know if this is of some help to you!

February 11, 2010 - 8:41am

Congratulations on your pregnancy!

You will be happy to know that it is only untreated or inadequately treated hypothyroidism that can cause problems for your baby.

Since your doctors are on top of this, know about your condition, and you are seeing a specialist, then your thyroid condition will be properly treated. Be sure to ask a lot of questions about how often you should have your TSH levels checked, what symptoms to pay attention to, when to know if medication is/is not working, etc. Thyroid medications are safe to use during pregnancy (again, it is the UNtreated condition that can be potentially harmful to the baby).

Does this help? Do you have any additional questions that we can help you with?

February 9, 2010 - 3:19pm
(reply to Alison Beaver)

Thank you for quick your reply. That puts my mind at ease. It was a major concern for me because of the stage of development that the baby is in right now. I should be on meds by Monday so I'm being treated very early. Thanks again!

February 9, 2010 - 3:32pm
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