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During pregnancy, your health is number one priority. That’s why we went straight to top pregnancy health experts for all the details you want to know about the most common pregnancy problems. In our pregnancy problems guide, you can read about a slew of pregnancy conditions – everything from hemorrhoids to gestational diabetes. Find out what any pregnancy symptom could possibly mean (are you swollen just because you’re expecting, or is it a sign of some complication?) and find out whether or not it’s worth a call to your OB. If you already know you’ve got a pregnancy complication or health condition, our comprehensive articles will give you the scoop on its causes and how it can affect you and baby. Plus, get treatment tips straight from medical experts and pregnant women like you. Yup, we've got answers to all your questions about pregnancy health problems right here!

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Graves' Disease During Pregnancy

If you have Graves' Disease, you probably want to know how your condition will affect you and baby throughout pregnancy. We've got answers.

What’s the best way to treat Graves’ disease during pregnancy?

Treatment often depends on when your symptoms occur (usually in the first trimester and third trimester). Your doctor will likely send you to an endocrinologist (a specialist in hormone problems) who will closely monitor your thyroid levels. You may need to take an antithyroid medicine, including propylthiouracil for the first trimester and methimazole for the remainder. You may also be given beta-blockers during the first few weeks to help alleviate symptoms.

What can I do to prevent Graves’ disease?

Unfortunately, like with many autoimmune disorders, there’s not much you can do to prevent it. Talk to your doctor if you have a family history, since she may be able to help you determine early on whether you’re at risk.

What do other pregnant moms do when they have Graves’ disease?

“I have Graves' disease and had my thyroid removed two years ago. I saw a perinatologist during my pregnancy because of it. They had to monitor my son for both hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism. Luckily, everything always looked good.”

“I have Graves' ophthalmology hyperthyroidism. I get blood tests and an ultrasound every four weeks to check my levels and watch baby's growth. Thus far she’s right on track with growth and there’s no sign of a goiter.”

“About a year ago, my doctor found a nodule in my thyroid. So I have tons of little cysts, but they’re small and not a concern right now. I’ll get them looked at once a year or so just to make sure there’s no major growth. As for the pregnancy, so far it hasn’t been an issue. I get blood work done, and it’s all tested fine so far...just keeping active and eating well.”

Are there any other resources for Graves’ disease?

American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association Inc.

American Thyroid Association

Graves' Disease Foundation

National Endocrine and Metabolic Diseases Information Service

The Hormone Foundation

Plus, more from The Bump:

Hyperthyroidism During Pregnancy

Weight Loss During Pregnancy

Fatigue During Pregnancy

-- Vera T. Fajtova, MD, endocrinologist at Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates in Boston and assistant professor of clinical medicine at Harvard University

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