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A 20-year-old female asked:

why did my doctor say i can't get pregnant while i have graves' disease? my boyfriend and i are trying for a baby

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Dr. Alan Patterson
Obstetrics and Gynecology 42 years experience
DID YOU ASK YOUR DOC: Your doc probably means that you need to get the graves disease under control because that could lead to serious complications with you and your baby if you were to become pregnant, and if your are only 20 yrs old , you have plenty of time to get pregnant, you want to maximize your chances for a healthy pregnancy and baby ! please speak with your doc so your doc can expalin everything to you.
Dr. Alvin Lin
Geriatrics 30 years experience
Pregnancy & Graves: Untreated graves' disease can affect the unborn child. Excess thyroid hormone can cause hyperthyroidism in the fetus. The mother's immune system against her thyroid can also go after the fetus' thyroid. It's not that you can't get pregnant, it's just that graves' disease increase risk of danger including pre-eclampsia & pre-term delivery. Check out http://goo.Gl/6pbbdt & http://goo.Gl/xm3bp 4 info.

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Last updated Aug 12, 2013

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