A 34-year-old female asked:
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should my thyroid (tsh) levels be under "3" before trying pregnancy (ie to insure a healthier pregnancy)? i have hashimoto hypothyroidism.

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Dr. Alan Feldman
40 years experience Endocrinology
ok to get pregnant: Although a TSH level between 1 and 2 would be ideal, there is no reason why you can't try to become pregnant with the present level. Once you are pregnant you will likely need a higher dose of thyroid hormone to keep the TSH in the ideal range, so you should be tested as soon as you know you are pregnant.
Answered on Jun 10, 2014
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Dr. Peter Baumann
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Depends: A TSH level of 3 determined 24 hours after the last and immediately before taking the next pill indicates that the thyroid hormone administered is sufficient - if if was taken within hours of taking a dose of thyroid hormone, the amount of thyroid hormone administered may be too low by the time you will be taking your next dose.
Answered on Sep 7, 2014

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