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July 29th, 2013, 06:02 PM
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I was diagnosed with postpartum thyroiditis this winter (about 6 months after my son was born) and was put on a low dose of levothyroxine. My doctor didn't know if it would resolve on its own or not with time.

I'm unexpectedly pregnant again (about 6 weeks) and I don't have my first doctor's visit until tomorrow. I've been concerned I guess, about how my thyroid is functioning, if it's been providing enough hormones for my baby, etc.

I've only had 2 blood tests since I was diagnosed so I am not sure whether or not my doctor feels like they've gotten enough of a handle on my dosage and now I am stressed out because I know pregnancy changes your levels and they really recommend having that sorted before conceiving if you can.

Just looking for some reassurance I guess and some experiences with hypothyroidism during pregnancy if anyone can provide some.

There was one more thing - has anyone with hypothyroidism ever had issues with swollen lymph nodes. The lymph nodes in my neck have been enlarged since just prior to when I conceived and I've read some conflicting information that hypothyroidism can be linked to swollen lymph nodes, while other sources say it isn't. I'm going to have my doctor take a look tomorrow obviously but thought I'd throw that out there.

Thanks to anyone who has anything to offer!
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August 30th, 2013, 01:52 PM
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During my pregnancy my endocrinologist checked my levels every 4 weeks or so and increased my dosage each time up til 8 months or so. Once my daughter was born my dosage was changed back to my pre-pregnancy dose and I have had no problems at all.

FYI...my endo says that he almost always increases his pregnant patients dosages throughout pregnancy.
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October 30th, 2013, 06:39 AM
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A late add: My daughter was hypo (diagnosed with hashimoto's thyroiditis at 7) and went through her pregnancy without any problems. Her OB checked her levels (she stopped seeing an endo once she became an adult and her GP could regulate her).
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