Hyperthyroidism During Pregnancy
Have an overactive thyroid? Here's everything you know to keep you and baby healthy throughout your pregnancy.
What’s the best way to treat hyperthyroidism during pregnancy?
You can -- and should -- take your hyperthyroid meds during pregnancy. Medicines like propylthiouracil or methimazole are not only safe to take during pregnancy, they also provide excellent control of the disease, reducing your risk of pregnancy complications.
But it’s not just business as usual. You’ll need to see your health care provider for monthly blood tests to check your thyroid function.
What can I do to prevent hyperthyroidism?
Sorry, but there’s nothing you can do since the cause is unknown.
What do other pregnant moms do when they have hyperthyroidism?
“I’ve got a moderate case of hyperthyroidism and I’m six weeks pregnant. My doctors want me to start treatment right away and think the risks of going untreated outweigh the medication risks. It’s tough getting comfortable with starting a Class D medication, no matter how small the dose.”
“In my opinion, there are more risks by not taking thyroid meds than you have by actually taking them.”
Are there any other resources for hyperthyroidism during pregnancy?
American Thyroid Association
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