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Any one here pregnant and are hypothyroid? Or had a baby while having it? If so, I have a couple questions...I have been hypothyroid since my ds was 9 months old.
My question is/are....
When does your doc want to see you? And if you were preg before with it what was the visits like and how many times did you have your tsh checked and did you have t4 and t3 checked or just tsh?
Did you develop preeclampsia or high blood pressure?
I am soooooo nervous about all of this....
I had it while pregnant..well, I've had it since I was 17. My doctor saw me as normal but checked my TSH and T4 every 6 weeks. I took my meds daily as normal. I did develop preeclamsia but I don't really know if it was due to the thyroid issue.
Also, about 6 weeks after having my son my thyroid took a huge dive and I got terribly miserable. I thought I had severe post partum depression but it was actually that childbirth had somehow shocked my thyroid and my meds had to be increased. I currently take Armour thyroid 4 grams.
Feel free to ask me questions..I don't mind and try not to worry so much.. everything will be great!!
I am pretty nervous about preeclampsia and after the delivery how my thyroid will react. I heard that some have even had their thyroid bottom out and become pretty much non working.
I think my doctors are very uneducated about the thyroid and dont know how to handle a person with thyroid issues. My doc doesnt even want to see me until feb 16th, I will be around 10 weeks or a lil over and I think by then my thyroid could be all screwed up and I could miscarry. So I called my family doc and he is checking my levels on monday. His nurse said I would be a high risk pregnancy and she cant believe that they dont want to see me before feb.
I am going to ask them to check my tsh, t4 and t3. They usually just check the tsh.
Did you have a regular ob/gyn or a specialist? When did you develop preeclampsia?
I thought myself that I had baby blues or it was just a part of healing when I delivered my son. It was when my hair was falling out and I looked so different that I called and had my thyroid levels checked. I had a tsh of 49 then. its down in the 3s I would love to see it 2.0 or even 1.5 I am taking 2 grains of armour thyroid. After your pregnancy did you have to continue on a higher dose?
Thanks so much for your replies...
I have hypothyroidism and am currently taking 200 mcg of Levothyroxin daily. My dr checks my thryoid every 4-6 wks. It will probably never go away for me ....I have had it for years now (and I believe was the cause of my other m/c's because we didn't know I had a thyroid problem back then, just lots of symptoms).
I did some research on hypothyroidism. If it goes unchecked, it can cause a lower IQ compared to those that take daily meds and keep it under control. The people who took meds had babies that were completely normal in intelligence.
It concerns me because I wasn't taking my thyroid meds when I first got pregnant (I was so stubborn...I hate taking meds) and started swelling up and losing my hair. I take it religiously now that I'm pregnant.
I always thought preeclampsia was related to your blood pressure ... I'm going to have to do more research on that. I'm not sure I understand completely what the relationship between preeclampsia and hypothyroidism....especially if you are taking meds and keep it under close watch.
The thing is, quit worrying so much about it and make sure that your DR understands completely what hypothyroidism is. Get educated...there's lots of info on the 'net about it.
I love my 3 girls and little boy:
Mom to Jessica - 19 yrs old, Amber - 18 yrs old, Sebastian - 2 months
Thanks for the reply. I had my thyroid tsh checked and its 0.55 so I am happy with that. I usually am on the high end of normal.
Only problem I am dealing with right now is a blood clot that formed in my arm from the medical tech drawing my blood and blowing the vein out. Blood pooled around the vein and my doc says because I am pregnant I clot faster and thats what happened. So now I am applying warm compresses to a very painful swollen arm. The clot is the size of a golf ball but its slowly shrinking. It just hurts like crazy.
I also developed hypothyroid within 9 mths of giving birth. I am currently taking .175 mcg of Synthroid. I had blood test before conceiving, and my doc increased me some. When I was about 8 weeks, I had a 2nd test and increased my dose again. I have been doing well, and only have blood drawn about every 8 - 12 weeks. My regular OB does the blood work, but my high risk ob follows it carefully. I have only notice a lot more swelling earlier this time.