Pregnant women with uncontrolled hypothyroidism can get high blood pressure, anemia (low red blood cell count), and muscle pain and weakness. There is also an increased risk of miscarriage, premature birth (before 37 weeks of pregnancy), or even stillbirth.
Can hypothyroidism cause birth defects?
The absolute risk of major birth defects in offspring of women with history of hypothyroidism can be estimated as 2.1%, a finding at odds with the 10-20% risk cited in the literature.
Can I marry a girl with thyroid?
The truth is that thyroid problems are common, easy to diagnose and treat. A person with a thyroid problem can grow, marry, have children and lead a very normal productive, and long life.
Can hypothyroidism cause autism?
There has been a report that low thyroid levels (hypothyroidism) in babies is possibly associated with the development of autism. Prior studies have shown that low thyroid levels in the mother during pregnancy has been associated with brain abnormalities in the baby.
Can I take thyroid medicine while pregnant?
Levothyroxine is the most common medicine used to treat an underactive thyroid during pregnancy. Levothyroxine replaces the thyroid hormone T4, which your own thyroid isn’t making or isn’t making enough of. It’s safe to take this medicine during pregnancy.
Why does hypothyroidism occur in pregnancy?
What causes maternal hypothyroidism? A common cause of under active thyroid in pregnant women is Hashimoto disease, sometimes called Hashimoto thyroiditis. This autoimmune disease occurs when your immune system forms antibodies (immune proteins) that attack the thyroid.
What is considered severe hypothyroidism during pregnancy?
Women found to have a TSH level greater than 10 mIU/L in the first trimester of pregnancy should be treated for hypothyroidism. Conversely, women with a TSH of 2.5 or less, do not need levothyroxine treatment.