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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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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’s the best way to treat hypothyroidism during pregnancy?

Hypothyroid medications (like levothyroxine) are actually completely safe during pregnancy and can reduce the risk of complications. Women with hypothyroidism may require a higher dosage of medication while pregnant to control the disease, so expect monthly check-ins with your health care provider to make sure that you, your thyroid and baby are all in check.

What can I do to prevent hypothyroidism?

Sorry, but there’s nothing you can do since the condition is so mysterious.

What do other pregnant moms do when they have hypothyroidism?

“It’s important that I take my medication every day so that the hormones and symptoms don’t affect the baby. My doctor has even been checking my thyroid every month since I’ve been pregnant to ensure it stays normal.”

“My doctor just called and wants to put me on thyroid medication because of hypothyroidism. She made it seem like it was a pretty common occurrence. She wants to check my levels every six weeks, which puts my mind at ease. I was planning on taking my thyroid pill in the morning, before eating breakfast, and my prenatals at night.”

“I have a hypoactive thyroid. I take Synthroid for it. I started the pregnancy at 88 mcg and then was checked monthly for my T4 levels. I’ve gradually worked my way down to 25 mcg. It’s important to get your levels checked often because of the amount of hormones in your body while you’re pregnant.”

Are there any other resources for hypothyroidism during pregnancy?

American Thyroid Association

Plus, more from The Bump:

I may have a thyroid condition. What should I do before TTC?

Pregnant and tired all the time?

What blood tests do I need during pregnancy?

-- Dr. Ashley Roman

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