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Q&A: I may have a thyroid condition; what should I do before TTC?

I think I may have a thyroid condition; is there anything I need to do before TTC?

Re: I think I may have a thyroid condition; is there anything I need to do before TTC?

The Bump Expert

Your first step: Don't ignore the problem. If you do have the disease and leave it untreated, you and baby face a variety of risks and complications, including mental problems for baby, heart failure for you, and preterm birth. But the good news is, as long as the disease is properly treated, women with thyroid disease can have healthy babies. Thyroid tests aren't a common part of prenatal diagnoses, so make sure to ask your doctor for a test if you have any symptoms of hyper or hypothyroidism. Many thyroid meds are fine for you and baby, but some (like radioactive iodine) are actually harmful for baby and should be avoided. Your doc will be able to steer you in the right direction in terms of the best treatment for you and help monitor your levels of thyroid hormone throughout your pregnancy; so speak to your doctor ASAP about getting diagnosed and what your options are.

Colleen Canney

Q&A: I may have a thyroid condition; what should I do before TTC?

I have been hypothyroid for about 6 years, and am 9 months pregnant (due tomorrow). First, you need to get checked. If you have a thyroid condition, you need to be on the proper medication. I was told that I would have a hard time getting pregnant, but not true if you are on medication and your thyroid levels are normal. If you are not medicated, then it could be harder, and also cause problems for the baby. My thyroid condition has not effected the pregnancy at all. My doctor has monitored my bloodwork more than in a normal pregnancy, just to make sure my medication doesn't need to be modified. So most importantly, get tested, and get on medication if you do have a thyroid disorder!

JimDrea |

Q&A: I may have a thyroid condition; what should I do before TTC?

I too have hypothyroidism and was diagnosed last year. My husband and I were TTC for about 8 months with no luck until I was tested and given the correct meds for my condition about 6 months later after being on the meds I was pregnant. I am also having blood work done once or twice each trimester just monitoring my levels to make sure everything is normal. I am 32 weeks so far so good :)

brookesmom08 |