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How does pregnancy affect hypothyroidism?

Either while pregnant or in the months following birth, some women develop what is known as postpartum hypothyroidism. Their bodies create antibodies that attack the thyroid gland. If this condition goes untreated while they are pregnant, it can increase risk for miscarriage, preeclampsia, premature birth, and can impair fetal development. In some women, this condition goes away in time. In others, it is permanent.

Patricia Geraghty, NP
Women's Health
While hypothyroidism, or low thyroid, can develop during or after pregnancy, some women will have the condition before pregnancy. Thyroid needs continue to increase during a pregnancy. With hypothyroidism, a woman's thyroid may not be able to meet these demands. The thyroid function should be tested regularly throughout the pregnancy so that the increased needs can be met through adjusting the supplemental thyroid medication.

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