Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Hypothyroidism in Pregnancy - The Symptoms & Diagnosis

Hypothyroidism is a condition in which the thyroid gland is under active and produces very little thyroid hormones.

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Hypothyroidism during pregnancy
According to statistic, approximately 2% of all pregnancies suffer from some degrees of hypothyroidism and another 2 out of 1,000 pregnancies will be complicated by clinical hypothyroidism. If you have hypothyroidism during pregnancy, you may need to have your thyroid hormone checked every 4-6 weeks, if necessary, medication is also adjusted to make sure that your thyroid within the acceptable range.

The importance to have hypothyroidism under controlled in pregnancy
Thyroid hormones over or under the normal range can be harmful to your baby. In fact, in the first few months of pregnancy, your thyroids hormone is very important for the development of the fetus' brain. Hypothyroidism in pregnancy can lead to insufficient hormones, causing severe cognitive, neurological and developmental abnormalities. In serve cases, it can lead can lead
to impaired brain development in the baby, miscarriage, stillbirth, lower birth weight, etc.

1. Weight gain
Weight gain more than average of a pregnancy
2. Constipation
While diarrhea is a symptoms of hyperthyroidism, constipation is a symptom of hypothyroidism.
3. Fatigue
4. Facial ProblemsYour face looks swollen or puffy
5. Muscle cramps
6. Confusion,
7. Hair loss in your eyebrows
8. Etc.

Diagnosis and tests
Blood test is always important as soon as pregnancy is confirmed, especially for women with family and personal history of hypothyroidism. Test for thyroid stimulating hormone, if confirmed, certain medication, including levothyroxine, may be given to prevent the elevation of the disease and is adjusted to high dose if needed.
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