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Safe Iodine Pregnant
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
Is povindone iodine vaginal pessaries safe to use at 39 weeks pregnancy. What are the side effects to fetus and any alternative for it. ?
Precautions: Presumably you are supposed to get radioactive iodine (rai) and there is a pregnant woman in the family. There are guidelines which you will be given, and it depends on the dose. For about 5 days, you need to keep your distance from her, about 6 feet. As if you have the flu and don't want to spread it. Sleep in different bed. Check out http://www.Thyroid.Org/radioactive-iodine/. ...Read more
I just realized that my vitamin doesn't have iodine or choline and i'm 15w3d pregnant. What can I do to compensate for this time not taking it?
Not an issue: I am not sure where you are getting your information. You can simply buy any over the counter or prescription prenatal vitamin which will have more than enough of anything you need. You could also just add more fruits and vegetables to your diet. Folic acid is important before and the first few weeks of pregnancy. After that vitamins have a very limited role. ...Read more
Low intake of iodine through 17 weeks of pregnancy. Can i pick up the pace from now on or is the damage to my baby done? Prenatal vits don't have it.
Hmmm?: This is unlikely to be a concern unless you are taking medications that affect iodine metabolism (ie certain anti-arrhythmics). Salt is also iodized, people that eat a regular diet in america are rarely iodine deficient. A truly iodine deficient person will have low thyroid hormone and possibly an enlarged thyroid gland as well. ...Read more
I am a backpacker and am wondering if using iodine tablets to purify the water will be harmful to the fetus? My boyfriend and i are avid outdoor enthusiasts and enjoy backpacking and camping. I have two questions. When during my pregnancy is it time to li
I live in NZ (iodine-deficient soil), 6 weeks pregnant, hypothyroid, take 100mcg levo a day and have been advised not to take iodine. Is this right?
Good question: It is usual practice to monitor thyroid levels and increase Levothyroxine dose - typically we expect an increase of 50% - this will take care of maternal needs however NZ does have low iodine levels http://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/preventative-health-wellness/nutrition/iodine and iodine supplementation is typically recommended in pregnancy and breastfeeding for foetal and infant development. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
4 months pregnant with graves' disease, would surgery or radio iodine be a good option? As medication is not improving the illness.
Graves pregnancy: Radioiodine is not used in pregnancy. It will destroy the baby's thyroid. Usually medications (ptu (propylthiouracil) (propylthiouracil) preferred) and surgery if necessary. Care has to be taken not to damage the baby's thyroid from high doses of ptu (propylthiouracil). If surgery is to be done, it should be during the 2nd trimester. You should be seen by a high risk pregnancy specialist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I had papilliary carcinoma removed feb. 11, 2012 during my second trimester of pregnancy. Still haven't done iodine treatment.. Is it to late?
Sounds okay: This should be okay after baby is born. Double-check with your physician. Glad that nasty little thing is out of your neck (thyroid, correct?). ...Read more
I've cut my finger while cutting beetroot, i washed my finger with alcohol and put some iodine, shuold i worry of infection now? Pregnant 37 weeks
Radioactive iodine uptake scan, should I go to work after? Am a food service clerk. How long should I stay away from pregnant daughter and toddler .
Only scan and uptake: Hi. If all you had was scan and uptakes, you don't have to stay away from anyone or anything. The isotope used for scan and uptakes is 123-I, and is completely harmless to your thyroid (or anyone else's). If you were treated with 131-I after the scan and uptakes, that isotope is harmful to the thyroid, but doesn't come out of your skin! You can work and be around others. It comes out in your urine ...Read more
I am 10weeks pregnant and my TSH is o.04..Is this normal, and I am using multivitamins which contains 150mcg iodine do I have to change my vitamins?
Tsh: It can be falsely low in early pregnany do to b-hcg. A repeat would be good but a low TSH would mean hyperthyroidism, usually associated with high pulse, sweating, anxiety increases, ; i doubt that's your problem but the thyroid hormone levels can be directly checked. Good luck, it's gonna be fine. ...Read more
What to do if I have graves disease and I am going to get radiation iodine therapy soon when can I get pregnant?
My doctor prescribed folic acid with vitamine B and iodine for all pregnancy. Is the duration OK or it's too long?
Prenatal nutrition: Folate deficiency can cause neural tube defects and folic acid supplementation can prevent them. The ACOG does not currently endorse the prenatal-supplement recommendation of iodine, advising instead that women get their iodine through dietary sources. If having a well-balanced diet, vitamin B routine supplementation is not recommended. ...Read more
Im 10 weeks pregnant. Dad has radio iodine therapy aftr thyroidectomy. How long should I stay away from him? Any other precautions taken for me?
How long ago ?: In first trimester should not take any chance for radiation exposure . Commonly used I 131 is pretty safe , it has half life of about 8 days in wks pretty safe for normal people , with in few days. It also depends how far away are you from patient ( your dad ) close contact is needed , hospital will releases only if public safety is not compromised . Speak to his doctor for precautions ...Read more
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