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March 16th, 2011, 05:58 PM
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Hi ladies

I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism last September. My TSH has been steady between 1 and 1.5 on 50 mcg Synthroid.

I just found out I am pregnant, and my RE recommended not to get my thyroid levels tested right away, but instead to increase my Synthroid dosage by 2 doses a week and get my levels tested at 8 weeks. Do you think that this plan makes sense, or should I just go get my levels tested now?

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March 18th, 2011, 08:35 PM
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I would go ahead and get your levels checked right away and then every 4wks. This is what my Dr did. I dont think you should increase unless you need to.
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March 21st, 2011, 06:20 AM
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I would go ahead and get your levels checked right away and then every 4wks. This is what my Dr did. I dont think you should increase unless you need to.
Ditto. My RE automatically upped my meds when I was pg with Oliver and I ended up with heart palpitations 2 days later. I never needed my meds to be adjusted when pg. I would test it first and up only as needed. Be sure that they aren't just testing your TSH, but also the Free T3 and Free T4's. You will most likely need T3 supplements as well as T4 (Synthroid).
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March 22nd, 2011, 09:28 PM
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get them checked right away and then you can adjust your meds. it only takes 24-48hrs in most places to do the test so there really is no reason not to. When i was pg they did my thyroid panel right after i found out i was pg (15dpo) and upped my meds slightly 2days later.
If you up it when you dont need it you could cause much worse problems than if its a little too low for a couple of days.
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March 27th, 2011, 11:49 AM
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when I got pg they upped my dose by 50% (synthroid) and I get bw every 10 weeks
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April 22nd, 2011, 09:21 PM
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Nicole, I always got my levels tested right away and then every 4 weeks during pregnancy.
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April 26th, 2011, 12:56 PM
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Hello Mommies!

I have second thought if I will reply to this thread or not, for I am a hubby but I just want to ask question about my wife pregnancy, is it okay that she's stopped taking medicine for her thyroid?







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April 29th, 2011, 07:05 PM
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Hello Mommies!

I have second thought if I will reply to this thread or not, for I am a hubby but I just want to ask question about my wife pregnancy, is it okay that she's stopped taking medicine for her thyroid?







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No! It is not, it can cause serious complications for the baby, including stillbirth. It is very important for her thyroid levels to be as close to 'normal' as they can while she is pregnant.
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