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How is graves' disease typically managed during pregnancy?
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Dr. Vinaya Simha
Internal Medicine
5 doctors agree
In brief: Medications
During pregnancy, radioactive iodine is not an option, and medications such as ptu (propylthiouracil) and Methimazole can be used.
Ptu (propylthiouracil) is preferred, especially during the first trimester as there is lesser risk of causing harm to the baby's development. Very mild hyperthyroidism during pregnancy can be followed without any treatment.

In brief: Medications
During pregnancy, radioactive iodine is not an option, and medications such as ptu (propylthiouracil) and Methimazole can be used.
Ptu (propylthiouracil) is preferred, especially during the first trimester as there is lesser risk of causing harm to the baby's development. Very mild hyperthyroidism during pregnancy can be followed without any treatment.
Dr. Vinaya Simha
Dr. Vinaya Simha
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Dr. Susan Wingo
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
2 doctors agree
In brief: Meds or surgery
Of the 3 available treatments for graves' disease, surgery, thyroid-blocking meds, and radioactive iodine, radioactive iodine cannot be used during pregnancy or with breastfeeding.
Mild cases may not need any treatment. More severe cases might do best with surgery to remove the thyroid, usually done during the 2nd trimester. Alert your pediatrician to your graves', as it can affect your baby.

In brief: Meds or surgery
Of the 3 available treatments for graves' disease, surgery, thyroid-blocking meds, and radioactive iodine, radioactive iodine cannot be used during pregnancy or with breastfeeding.
Mild cases may not need any treatment. More severe cases might do best with surgery to remove the thyroid, usually done during the 2nd trimester. Alert your pediatrician to your graves', as it can affect your baby.
Dr. Susan Wingo
Dr. Susan Wingo
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