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.
Thyroid Support Yes! When a woman is diagnosed with hypothyroidism, this means that you have too low a thyroid hormone production. This hormone affects all of your body's metabolism and should be replaced in the form of a pill to be taken daily. Your hormone levels should be checked monthly, when the level is low, then a dose increase should follow. Discuss this with your ob/gyn.
Thyroid Hormone. The active ingredient (s) in prescription thyroid hormone products (including generic levothyroxine, synthroid, levoxyl, levothroid, & unithroid, and armour) are identical to what a person's thyroid normally produces. Not only should a woman not stop this during pregnancy, most need a higher dose during pregnancy to maintain the same levels, and should work closely with their doctors to do this..
Thyroid Replacement. If you have been found to be hypothyroid (low thyroid hormone) in pregnancy, you should be treated with thyroid hormone replacement. Your doctor will check thyroid tests periodically and will monitor TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone). This is important in order to have a healthy and safe pregnancy, otherwise it could hinder the fetus. It can cause a goiter in the newborn.
Any prescription. Any prescription for hypothyroidism is appropriate. More importantly, treating hypothyroidism will prevent problems for your baby including: preterm birth, a smaller-than-normal baby and mental retardation. Women with untreated hypothyroidism are at increased risk for preeclampsia (toxemia, high blood pressure) and placental abruption (when the placenta separates before the baby is born).
Synthroid (thyroxine) Any of the prescription thyroid replacements are fine.
Hypothyroidism. The appropriate treatment for hypothyroidism is thyroid replacement whether your pregnant or not. Frequently hypothyroidism can cause infertility. If you're already pregnant I suggest using synthetic thyroid replacement which doesn't carry the risk that natural thyroid does of bovine viruses.
Thyroid Supplement. It's very important to yours and your baby's health to have your thyroid replaced to reach normal levels, which should be checked 2 to 3 times during your pregnancy. Then re-adjusted after 6 weeks post-partum.
Take also iodine. In addition to thyroid hormones take iodine supplements atleast 12-14mg per day. Japanese research during nuclear bombing showed daily need for iodine is 13.8mg - so during stress time for body iodine need is higher if not taken baby will have very dry skin - icythiosis.