Knock Knock (hypothyroidism)

Discussion in 'Pregnancy - Second Trimester' started by snettyb, Oct 27, 2008.

  1. snettyb

    snettyb Well-Known Member

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    Just noticed after posting a thread in 1st tri that i can move over here today :cloud9: thats if you'll have me :blush:

    I also have a question about Hypothyroidism, i posted this in 1st tri but thought i'd post it here too.


    Was just wondering if any of you suffer with an underactive thyroid? I've had it for a while now but didn't realise that it was so "interesting" to the doctors while pregnant. I've been put on a medium risk consultancy pregnancy! When i went to see the consultant there were like 7 people in the room all nodding and taking notes on me and i have a direct line number for some other dude who specialises in the condition. I was so overwhelmed and started crapping myself as i hadn't took my meds for over 4 weeks before that as i was so ill with MS. My bloods were terrible and i have had my prescription put up from 50mcg to 125mcg.

    So silly me googled it and found a load of stuff on babies with low IQ, premature births and low birth weights so naturally i am officially frieking out!!

    So was hoping for some positive stories about hypo ladies who have had kiddies and successful pregnancy's xx
     
  2. danni2609

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    Welcome over!!
     
  3. Mo_mo

    Mo_mo Third tri!!!

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    I have a borderline overactive thyroid but doc has just said she'll monitor me like a "normal" pregnancy as it shouldnt be a problem. Dont google anything. Google is the work of the devil and should be banned to pregnant women everywhere (too many people putting their opinions across like its factual.... I got scared cos i read that if the baby moves too much its cos she's tangled in her cord...i mean seriously WTF?! Surely baby would slow don if she was tangled?). If you do have any Q's or concerns its always best to speak to the doc or midwife that way you can get an informed answer.
     
  4. spoo

    spoo Mum to Harry and Emily

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    Hi snetty, welcome over, have sent you a pm x
     
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    welcome to 2nd tri :happydance:
     
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    Howdy snetty!!
     
  7. navarababe

    navarababe Mummy To Brooke :-)

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    Welcome to 2nd Tri, hope everything is ok :)
     
  8. Holly21

    Holly21 Well-Known Member

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    Congratulations on making it over here!

    That's good news that they're monitoring you closely. You do need to up your thyroxine dosage during pregnancy as your thyroid gland works harder during pregnancy. I imagine you'll be having your thyroid function monitored fairly closely after that increased dose - make sure you get them done within the next 2 weeks. You may be able to decrease your thyroxine dose once your thyroid function normalises or you may need to keep it high during pregnancy. Taking your thyroxine and maintaining normal thyroid function greatly decreases the risk of any complications for you and baby. If your bloods are terrible, chances are you'll be feeling pretty awful too so fingers crossed the increased dose should give you a bit more energy and make you feel a bit more human again.

    You can breastfeed whilst taking thyroxine as well.

    If you do want more info, then this is a reputable article and one with accurate information. https://www.bmj.com/cgi/content/full/335/7614/300 The internet can be a scary place for a pregnant woman - so much of the stuff posted by no doubt well meaning individuals is wrong and frightens people unnecessarily.
     
  9. snettyb

    snettyb Well-Known Member

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    Thanx Holly21 for the info, very helpful. I have to get my bloods checked every 3-4 weeks for changes in the thyroid function. I am feeling quite crappy to be honest, cold and even more tired than i should be and just ....crappy really but it has improved since they changed my dose.


    Howdy Danny!! Its great to be in 2nd Tri innit feels like a massive milestone whoop whoop!! xx
     
  10. fulltimemum

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    hiya hun im full time mum well leanne really lmao welocme over xxxxxxx
     
  11. lorrilou

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    i have an underactive thyroid, have done for years now and i had to have my dose increased from 100mcg to 225mcg when i was pregnant. aslong as you take your tablets and are monitored (which you will be, i had bloods taken everytime i saw the midwife) you and baby should be fine.
     
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    snettyb Well-Known Member

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    Thanx Lorrilou thats very reasuring. And thanx everyone else for your welcomes :) xx
     
  13. linzymarie123

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    my doctor does routine bloodwork but not until 16 weeks, i got everything tested and all was normal except for my tsh levels. they were at 8.7 and she is next going to test my free t3 and t4 levels. i've read so much online about hypothyroidism being bad during pregnancy and i feel i'm really far along to just be catching this now. I have absolutely no symptoms, never feel overly tired, the entire pregnancy has been absolutely great and now i constantly worry. My ultrasound is tomorrow and instead of looking forward to finding out the gender and finally seeing my baby I'm constantly worried about something being found wrong. I haven't started any medication or anything but the next blood tests are to be done right after my ultrasound.
     
  14. Flipsy

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    you will have been put on the medium risk because you werent taking your med. I have an underactive thyroid and in the past have been royally told off for not taking meds..

    i had my bloods done at ten weeks and all normal all fine .. there was a mention of maybe needing growth scans but I think thats down to my weight rather than the thyroid. midwife wasnt concerned at all. So look after yourself take your meds and do what your told from now and all should be fine. xxx Oh yeah this is my first and i'm 38
     
  15. Same here with Hypothyroid it gave up the ghost during my last pregnancy. Be vigilant with your meds. THe reports about low IQ are more for uncontrolled than controlled. I am monitored every 4 weeks and so far my dose has not needed to be changed. Try not to worry about it and if oyur have any spercific conserns speak to your doc.
     
  16. x Alanna x

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    elloooo.. welcome to the 2nd tri :D

    ive had thyroid problems for years.. mine was overactive at first ( Graves Disease ) ... my treatment wasnt working and was developing a huge goiter in my neck.. so i had surgery in june and had the full thyroid removed..

    i got pregnant a month later in july.... i was on 125mg of levothyroxine.. and my doctors told me i need to have bloodtests done every month to make sure my levels are ok...

    i did go for monthly blood tests.. went to see my local dr.. who said.. my thyroid levels were fine... and my dose didnt need to be highered.. so a few weeks later i went to see my endocrinologist at my hospital.. i had a test done.. and they called me a few days after saying my thyroid was extremly low.. and moved me upto 175mg...

    so my local gp was obviously dumb and told me my thyroid was fine when it wasnt.. so all through my pregnancy ive had a realllyy low thyroid.. and im really scared....

    at my first scan the baby was fine and growing well.. so growth wasnt an issue.. but now ive been told the baby can be less inteligent.. so does that mean the baby can be mentally challenged.. or does it mean they will just have a low IQ.. ?????

    i still think my thyroid is too low.. ive had a blood test done and should get my results tomorrow..

    im really upset that my local gp said my thyroid was fine when it wasnt and ive been going through pregnancy with a dose thats too low for me.. i feel like smashin her face in for giving me false information..because everyday i worry wether my baby is going to be ok!!!..

    my endocrinoligist is dealing with me now.. im not bothering going to the doctors anymore as ive lost faith in them...

    the only advice i would give you.. is.. to make sure your TSH is 1 and never goes above 2.. when your pregnant ur TSH is meant to be 1... Mine was 16 in september.. and i was around 10 weeks pregnant then...

    always ask them what your TSH is.. and always get regular checks on your blood.. every month...

    sorry for the long post... im really fed up with thyroid disease.. and i dont even have a thyroid anymore.. lol..

    i wish you a happy and healthy pregnancy.. and your baby will be fine.. just make sure you ask your doctors your tsh.. and remember it should be at 1.. and get ur bloods checked regular.. and u will be all good!!! :D xx
     
  17. linzymarie123

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    well the ultrasound went perfectly, everything looks great, and i'm awaiting the results of my free t4 tests. though i'm much less nervous now, everyone here and now my doctor too, has been really reassuring. and we just found out i'ts a BOY!!
     
  18. 5ara

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    I've had the same thing happen to me. My thyroids were removed due to cancer and they've been checking me every month. But, your gp may not have been wrong. My TSH levels have majorly fluctuated every month, on the same dose. Last month, they were at 0.44. This month I'm at 6.74! My endo said that can happen in pregnancy - your hormone needs can change quickly. So when you saw your gp, they may have been fine.
    To answer your other question, I was worried about IQ levels also, and asked my endo. He said that for mild, short-term hypothyroidism, the IQ *could* be mildly lower, like 5 points lower, and baby can catch up to normal levels in a few years. What I've read backs this up. It helps me feel a little better, hopefully will help you too! :thumbup: Message me if you have other questions.
     
  19. mummy3

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    Welcome to second tri:flower:

    I have a hyperthyroid so just as worried but opposite direction lol, a month ago my tsh was 0.2, last week, 0.02:dohh: cue panic lol.

    Its so difficult to get the balance, either direction, Im really glad you are getting regular care:hugs:
     
  20. Sweetie

    Sweetie DD, DS, and a Surprise!!!

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    Welcome to second tri!!!

    I am hypothyroid (was on 200mg) for my last pregnancy. My first pregnancy I knew I was hypo but had no idea of the severity of it. I didn't take meds ever the whole pregnancy. I never should have been able to even get preg with how bad my bloods were coming back...

    All that said, I had a daughter, full term, who is smart as a whip. She is now two and is meeting, if now exceeding almost all expectations for 3 year olds.

    Just make sure you start taking your meds and get regular blood work and you should be good
     

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