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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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Hypothyroidism During Pregnancy

If you've got hypothyroidism, you're probably wondering how it will affect you and baby during pregnancy -- and how you can safely treat it. Look no further.

What is hypothyroidism during pregnancy?

Hypothyroidism is when your thyroid gland isn’t producing enough hormones. It can cause some bodily functions to slow.

What are the signs of hypothyroidism?

Weight gain, fatigue and swelling. Sounds like a normal pregnancy, right? That’s why hypothyroidism can be tough to diagnose during pregnancy.

Are there any tests for hypothyroidism?

Yes, your doc will likely run a blood test to see how much of the thyroid hormones are running through your bod.

How common is hypothyroidism during pregnancy?

It’s actually not so common to see pregnant women with hypothyroidism, since women with the untreated condition tend to have high rates of infertility.

How did I get hypothyroidism?

We don’t know! Causes of hypothyroidism aren’t clear. It’s been linked to autoimmune disease, treatment for hyperthyroidism, radiation therapy, thyroid surgery and certain medication.

How will my hypothyroidism affect my baby?

If left untreated, hypothyroidism can cause an increased risk of miscarriage, preterm birth, low birth weight babies and learning disabilities later in baby’s life. Here’s the good news: Generally, pregnancy won’t worsen your condition, and it’s not likely that you’ll pass it on to baby since the fetus has its own thyroid gland that kicks in after birth.

-- Dr. Ashley Roman


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