Thyroid and Pregnancy

Did you know that the American Thyroid Association has issued multiple public health statements to warn about the dangers of hypothyroidism and pregnancy? Hypothyroidism, an under-active thyroid, increases the risk of pregnancy complications, such as miscarriage, still birth, infertility, maternal anemia, pre-eclampsia, placental abruption, postpartum hemorrhage, premature delivery, low birth weight, and deficits in intellectual development in infants. Despite the warnings, not all doctors know the ramifications of an undiagnosed or under-treated thyroid condition on a mother and her fetus, and very few patients know the facts to insist on proper testing. Hypothyroid Mom is written in memory of my unborn baby lost needlessly to hypothyroidism.

Maternal Hypothyroidism And Fetal Brain Development

Maternal Hypothyroidism and Fetal Brain Development

Thyroid hormones play a critical role in fetal brain development. The fetus depends entirely on maternal thyroid hormones for the first 12 weeks of pregnancy, until the baby’s thyroid begins to produce thyroid hormones on its own. For the first trimester the baby is completely dependent on the mother for thyroid hormones necessary for brain development. Babies born to mothers with undiagnosed or inadequately treated hypothyroidism are at risk for lower IQ scores and learning disabilities. Despite the mounting evidence, thyroid screening is currently NOT mandatory in pregnancy. It is SHAMEFUL that countries around the world do not set health policies to protect our babies.

Thyroid screening should be required for every pregnant woman worldwide. [Read more…]

Hypothyroid Mom’s Story of Hope: Her Miracle Babies

Hypothyroid Mom's Story of Hope: Her Miracle Babies

“To know the road ahead, ask those coming back.”

-Chinese proverb [Read more…]

Hashimoto’s Disease: The Danger of Thyroid Antibodies and Pregnancy

Hashimoto's Disease: The Danger of Thyroid Antibodies and Pregnancy

In 1990, a significant correlation between high levels of thyroid antibodies and an increased rate of miscarriage was first reported in the scientific literature.[1] Where are we at a generation later?[2] Despite the 20 years of compelling research confirming and expanding upon the initial finding, many doctors do not test a pregnant woman for thyroid antibodies, and few patients know to ask for proper testing. [Read more…]

Miscarriage in New York City…Be Thyroid Aware

Miscarriage in New York City...Be Thyroid Aware

When I was a girl, my father would sing Frank Sinatra’s song “New York, New York”. He would sing at the top of his lungs, “If I can make it there, I’ll make it anywhere. It’s up to you, New York, New York!” In New York City, one of the greatest cities in the world, I expected the best possible medical care. I trusted my doctors implicitly, never once thinking they might not know everything there was to know about hypothyroidism, especially the dangers of hypothyroidism and pregnancy. [Read more…]

What Every Pregnant Woman Needs To Know About Hypothyroidism

 

What every pregnant woman needs to know about hypothyroidism

Do you know that the American Thyroid Association has issued multiple public health statements to warn about the dangers of hypothyroidism and pregnancy?[1] Hypothyroidism, an underactive thyroid, increases the risk of pregnancy complications, such as miscarriage, still birth, infertility, maternal anemia, pre-eclampsia, placental abruption, postpartum hemorrhage, premature delivery, low birth weight and deficits in intellectual development in infants.[2][3] Despite the warnings, not all doctors know the ramifications of an undiagnosed or under-treated thyroid condition on a mother and her fetus, and very few patients know the facts to insist on proper testing. [Read more…]