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What is a safe treatment for hypothyroidism in pregnancy?
15 doctors weighed in

Dr. Sheila Goodman
Obstetrics & Gynecology
5 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Sheila Goodman
Dr. Sheila Goodman
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Dr. Jose Bolanos
Obstetrics & Gynecology
4 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Jose Bolanos
Dr. Jose Bolanos
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Dr. Susan Wingo
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
3 doctors agree
In brief: 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..

In brief: 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..
Dr. Susan Wingo
Dr. Susan Wingo
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Dr. Jose Bolanos
Obstetrics & Gynecology
2 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Jose Bolanos
Dr. Jose Bolanos
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Dr. Byron Hapner
Obstetrics & Gynecology
2 doctors agree
In brief: 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).

In brief: 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).
Dr. Byron Hapner
Dr. Byron Hapner
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Dr. Padmavati Garvey
Obstetrics & Gynecology
2 doctors agree
In brief: Synthroid (thyroxine)
Any of the prescription thyroid replacements are fine.

In brief: Synthroid (thyroxine)
Any of the prescription thyroid replacements are fine.
Dr. Padmavati Garvey
Dr. Padmavati Garvey
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Dr. Andrew Silverman
Fertility Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Andrew Silverman
Dr. Andrew Silverman
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Dr. Scott Kramer
Gynecology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Scott Kramer
Dr. Scott Kramer
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Dr. Vasu Brown
Wound care
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Vasu Brown
Dr. Vasu Brown
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