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How does hypothyroidism affect pregnancy?

How does hypothyroidism affect pregnancy?

Cretinism: Until about 14 weeks gestation the fetus depends on the mother's thyroid hormone before it can make its own. Severe low levels of maternal thyroid hormone can cause cretinism which is a syndrome of severe physical stunting and mental developmental delay. If already diagnosed with hypothyroidism be diligent about taking daily thyroid hormone medication and get levels checked every 3 months at least. ...Read more

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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more


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How does pregnancy affect thyroid disease?

How does pregnancy affect thyroid disease?

Many ways: It depends on the type of thyroid problem. Hypothyroid women may need more thyroid in each trimester. By delivery many patients are taking half again more thyroid replacement. Hyperthyroidism is more complicated due to the different causes of hyperthyroidism. Any hyperthyroid woman should be followed by an endocrinologist or high risk obstetrical team to determine the best type and amount of meds. ...Read more

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How does prolactinoma affect pregnancy?

How does prolactinoma affect pregnancy?

Prolactinoma: A prolactinoma is a tumor of the pituitary gland and part of the hormonal regulation in the human body. If you have a prolactinoma with high secretion of the prolactin this can definitely prevent a pregnancy from occurring. You would need to see an hormone specialist for evaluation and drug treatment or if the lesion is large then a neurosurgeon for possible surgical resection. ...Read more

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How does pregnancy affect thyroid function?

How does pregnancy affect thyroid function?

False increase in T4: Levels of thyroid binding protein increase in pregnancy and levels of T4 are higher than during the non-pregnant state. This change does not affect thyroid function. Both hypothyroid and hyperthyroid states impair fertility. ...Read more

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How does pregnancy affect diabetes?

How does pregnancy affect diabetes?

Worsens it: Just as important, your diabetes can affect your pregnancy. You need stricter control to help prevent birth defects, macrosomia (large infant), birth or maternal injuries, fetal death, and maternal diabetes worsening; leading to renal problems (kidney failure), other organ damage, or other health issues...The good news is that all of these problems can be improved or avoided with proper care. ...Read more

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How does lupus affect pregnancy?

How does lupus affect pregnancy?

A variety of ways: The type and organ involvement of the lupus can be important. Year ago people with lupus were advised not to get pregnant. Now we know people with lupus can have great pregnancy outcomes. There is a risk of miscarriage, preterm delivery, lupus flares, hypertension especially with kidney invovlement and smoking. You will need to be evaluated for your lupus risks before pregnancy. ...Read more

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How will hyperthyroid affect pregnancy?

How will hyperthyroid affect pregnancy?

Thyroid & pregnancy: The most common cause of hyperthyroidism in pregnancy is grave's disease. Most women and babies will not experience any significant problems if the graves' is mild. Treatment is with a drug to lower the thyroid production. Risk of hyperthyroidism in pregnancy: hypertension with protein in urine (increase risk of pre-eclampsia), infection, iron def anemia. Baby might have hyperthyroidism as well. ...Read more

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How does lupus affect you during pregnancy?

How does lupus affect you during pregnancy?

See details: If you do not have clotting issues or major disease activity lupus is unlikely to effect pregnancy. If your lupus is not under excellent control at the start of pregnancy it is likely to significantly flare the disease. ...Read more

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How does pregnancy affect ibd?

How does pregnancy affect ibd?

May worsen disease: Activity of uc and cd at time of conception greatly predicts disease course. If in remission, most stay in remission (2/3) where as 1/3 will flare. Disease that is active during conception usually does not go into remission during the course of pregnancy and may even get worse. ...Read more

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How does asthma affect pregnancy?

How does asthma affect pregnancy?

Variably: It is important for both mother and baby that the asthma remains under good control, and this can be achieved with medications. Pulmicort and singulair (montelukast) have category b ratings for pregnancy.It is reported that approximatley 1/3 of pregnant asthmatics improve, 1/3 worsen and 1/3 remain the same. Deterioration of asthma during pregnancy can deprive the baby of oxygen and lead to premature birth. ...Read more

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How does endometriosis affect pregnancy?

How does endometriosis affect pregnancy?

It normally doesn't: Endometriosis can cause problems with getting pregnant due to scarring that can affect the tubes or involve the ovaries so that the egg and sperm can't meet. It can increase your risk of a tubal pregnancy since it is harder for the fertilized egg to move down to the uterus. There are also chemical changes that can do both those things.Once you are pregnant, endometriosis is inactivated. ...Read more

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How can fibromyalgia affect pregnancy?

How can fibromyalgia affect pregnancy?

Meds?: Fibromyalgia is not thought to have an adverse effect on pregnacy, although their may be some issues with medications during pregancy. Best to avoid them, unless signficant co-existent depression is there. Exercise daily, get good sleep, and talk to your doc about discontinuing meds or continuing meds. ...Read more

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How does pregnancy affect seizure disorders?

How does pregnancy affect seizure disorders?

Seizure pregnancy: Pregnancy increases weight and liquids and dilute seizure meds, thus trigger seizures. Need regular check of blood levels of meds. Change in protein content in blood also contributes to altered levels of med in blood. Increased liquid pressures in brain can alter state of control of seizure also. If you had no sz for a long time, you may have a chance to go free during pregnancy. Good luck +++++. ...Read more

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How does being overweight affect pregnancy?

How does being overweight affect pregnancy?

Weight and pregnanct: May contirbute to increase birth weight of the baby, gestational diabetes and hypertension. ...Read more

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How does hsv1 affect pregnancy?

How does hsv1 affect pregnancy?

HSV1 ; Pregnancy: Pregnant women who are infected with herpes simplex virus 1 (hsv-1) genital herpes have a higher risk for miscarriage, premature labor, retarded fetal growth, or transmission of the herpes infection to the infant while in the uterus or at the time of delivery. ...Read more

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Does hypothyroidism affect fertility?

Does hypothyroidism affect fertility?

Yes: Abnormal thyroid function, whether hyper- or hypo-thyroidism is associated with reproductive problems in women. Generally when thyroid levels are normalized with treatment, reproductive outcomes can be excellent. ...Read more

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How does diabetes affect my health if pregnant?

How does diabetes affect my health if pregnant?

Not good.: There are varying degrees of involvement (e.g. Onset during pregnancy, diagnosed before pregnancy, etc..). Risks of big baby, shoulder dystocia, fetal anomalies, mom could develop notable end organ damage (e.g. Eyes, kidney, nerves and other systems), etc... ...Read more

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How does pregnancy affect your skin?

How does pregnancy affect your skin?

In several ways: Your skin goes through several changes during pregnancy. Some areas become darker due to changes in the pigment of your skin. Luckily, this generally fades. Blood vessels can become for prominent, moles can change in appearance & stretch marks develop due to connective tissue changes. Itching may be normal or a sign of something more concerning. Always discuss any skin changes with your dr. ...Read more

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How does hyrochlorothiazide affect thyroid tests?

It doesn't: Despite warnings that hydrochlorothiazide can interfere with results of a thyroid test, the best info i can find suggests it does not! see http://www.Healthboards.Com/boards/thyroid-disorders/535689-hydrochlorothiazide-effects-thyroid-tests.Html ; http://www.Medhelp.Org/posts/thyroid-disorders/how-does-hydrochlorothiazide-affect-thyroid-tests/show/1014196. ...Read more

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How does lupus affect pregnant women and babies?

How does lupus affect pregnant women and babies?

Blood pressure: Some women experiences flares while pregnant. In addtion, lupus can cause problems with mom's blood pressure and baby's growth. Very serious cases of lupus can be associated with blood clots and kidney problems. ...Read more

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How does hypothyroidism affect pregnancy?

Cretinism: Until about 14 weeks gestation the fetus depends on the mother's thyroid hormone before it can make its own. Severe low levels of maternal thyroid hormone can cause cretinism which is a syndrome of severe physical stunting and mental developmental delay. If already diagnosed with hypothyroidism be diligent about taking daily thyroid hormone medication and get levels checked every 3 months at least. ...Read more

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How does hypothyroidism affect pregnancy? My level is 6.2. Will it make morning sickness worse or trouble firing pregnancy?

How does hypothyroidism affect pregnancy? My level is 6.2. Will it make morning sickness worse or trouble firing pregnancy?

A lot: If you are not pregnant, it will be much harder to get pregnant with hypothyroidism. If you are pregnant, see your doctor right away for treatment because hypothyroidism will affect the development of brain of the fetus during the first trimester. ...Read more

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Is pregnancy is safe in hypothyroidism women? What r t complications in child?

Treat before pregnan: Hypothyroidism should be corrected by an appropriate dose of brand name T4 before you get pregnant. If you're already pregnant, make sure your abnormal thyroid is treated properly immediately, as low thyroid level can endanger the pregnancy. ...Read more

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What are the effects of pregnancy on hypothyroidism?

What are the effects of pregnancy on hypothyroidism?

Hypothyroidism: The various hormones of pregnancy may cause a change in the dose of thyroid medication you will need to stay well controlled. Never just stop your meds without talking to your doc. ...Read more

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What risks are associated with pregnancy & hypothyroidism?

SEVERAL: Hypothyroidism is related to infertility, miscarriage and abnormal fetal development, if not adequately treated in the first trimester. If this is your problem, make syre that you are adequately treated! ...Read more

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What is it like to have untreated hypothyroidism during pregnancy?

Hazardous: No one leaves hypothyroidism untreated during pregnancy, It can harm the pregnancy, If you are hypothyroid you levels are monitored very closely during pregnancy ...Read more

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Can any one please let me know the effects of hypothyroidism on pregnancy.

Can any one please let me know the effects of hypothyroidism on pregnancy.

Depends: As a male, the effects of hypothyroidism are less pronounced though profoundly low levels can affect sperm production. In females, it is very important to maintain normal thyroid levels (TSH around 2) for the health of the baby during pregnancy. ...Read more

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Hypothyroidism and pcos .What are the chances of a natural pregnancy?

Hypothyroidism and pcos .What are the chances of a natural pregnancy?

See specialist: With proper treatment you could have a natural pregnancy. Tsh (thyroid hormone) levels have to be in the normal range, otherwise this can have an adverse effect on your pregnancy chances. A thyroid replacement hormone (synthroid) would be indicated. Pcos is an ovulatory disorder and can be helped with the proper protocol as well. It may take more than one try in order to get your cycle just right. ...Read more

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I have hypothyroid.My dose was increased during ppregnancy i.E 100 mg.Before pregnancy i took 75 mg..Now wht should my dose shd?

Check labs: Binding proteins returning to normal lead many woman to return to their pre pregnancy dose. Factors like weight gain and breast feeding can keep a dose higher. A lab draw will help. ...Read more

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I have hypothyroidism I'm 19 I have most of the pregnancy signs but the test days negative?

The only : Sign of early pregnancy is a missed period, that's it. Is your hypothyroidism being treated? If your test is negative, you aren't pregnant. Look for other reasons for your symptoms. ...Read more

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What is a safe treatment for hypothyroidism in pregnancy?

What is a safe treatment for hypothyroidism in pregnancy?

Thyroid medication: Hypothyroidism is low thyroid. Not treating it during pregnancy can cause increased risk of miscarriage, developmental delay in the baby and possible severe health problems in the mom. Any of the prescription medications, synthroid, Armour Thyroid and levothyroxine, are safe in pregnancy. It is important to get your thyroid checked each trimester during pregnancy since your thyroid needs may go up. ...Read more

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How accurate are blood tests for hypothyroidism in pregnancy?

How accurate are blood tests for hypothyroidism in pregnancy?

T4 higher: Tsh is usually unaffected, however, serum levels of T4 are higher during pregnancy than during non-pregnant state. In combination, these tests are accurate during pregnancy. ...Read more

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What can I do to prevent negative effects of hypothyroidism in pregnancy?

What can I do to prevent negative effects of hypothyroidism in pregnancy?

Take your meds: Continue to take your meds as prescribed by your providers. Pregnancy can affect what doses are required to maintain normal levels and your dose may need adjustment. Don't stop your thyroid meds without consulting your doc....Doing so can be harmful. ...Read more

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Could having hypothyroidism automatically mean a pregnancy will be treated as high risk?

No. : Hi. No, treated hypothyroidism does not put you into high risk pregnancy status. Usually your stable pre-preganancy thyroid hormone dose will need to be raised early in pregnancy. Either your OB will do that, or send you to an endocrinologist. To a healthy pregnancy! ...Read more

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I am hypothyroid and on medication. how early to detect pregnancy to adjust levels to avoid miscarriage? ASAP or within a week or two?

I am hypothyroid and on medication. how early to detect pregnancy to adjust levels to avoid miscarriage? ASAP or within a week or two?

Hypothyroid: I would suggest you make sure your thyroid levels are normal before you attempt pregnancy and then follow them closely as soon as you get pregnant and then as you OB or FP directs, ...Read more

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Can any one please let me know the effects of hypothyroidism on pregnancy and on babies after birth? can ladies go ahead for pregnancy? Please update.

Can any one please let me know the effects of hypothyroidism on pregnancy and on babies after birth? can ladies go ahead for pregnancy? Please update.

Yes you can: The thyroid function needs to be followed during pregnancy, but you can have a normal pregnancy. It may not effect the baby in any way but your gynecologist can follow and if any issues arise you can see high risk OB if necessary. ...Read more

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I've had hypothyroidism since I was a baby & am on microgestin fe. I've been having a few pregnancy symptoms. How likely would it be that I'm pregnant?

I've had hypothyroidism since I was a baby & am on microgestin fe. I've been having a few pregnancy symptoms. How likely would it be that I'm pregnant?

Do a home test: If you have taken your birth control pill exactly as prescribed at the same time every day you are unlikely to be pregnant. Weighing over 150 lbs., missing or late doses, and taking certain other medicines ( like antibiotics) may decrease the effectiveness of your pill and increase your risk of pregnancy. ...Read more

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Hypothyroidism (Definition)

A condition in which the thyroid gland can't make enough thyroid hormone to keep ...Read more