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Pregnancy Problems

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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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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-- Dr. Ashley Roman

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