HYPOTHYROIDISM AND PREGNANCY
If you have you experienced female problems (tumors, fibroids, ovarian cysts, endometriosis, PMS, cramps, (dysmenorrhea), amenorrhoea, female cancers, spontaneous abortion, cyclic seizures, dry vagina and infertility), weight problems (usually high, sometimes low), gallbladder disease (six times higher in women with excess estrogen or on birth control pills or ERT), heart disease, cancer, colon problems, low blood sugar, attention deficit disorder (ADD), adrenal exhaustion from excess secretion of adrenaline, and osteoporosis (from excess estrogen leading to excess adrenaline and then to excess cortisol), you may have hypothyroidism, because these are all symptoms of hypothyroidism.
If you don't get your thyroid disease diagnosed and start a course of treatment , you are setting yourself up for many problems down the road. The longer you leave it untreated, the harder it is to respond to the treatment when you do get it.
And if you are of child bearing years, it is very important to be healthy before you conceive! If you aren't healthy you are also setting your child up for health problems down the road.
WHY YOU NEED TO GET YOUR HYPOTHYROIDISM CONDITION TREATED BEFORE HAVING CHILDREN
If you are thinking about becoming pregnant and have symptoms of hypothyroidism, it is crucial that you get your thyroid levels corrected before you even conceive.
If you are trying to get pregnant right now and cannot, it could be because you hypothyroidism is making you infertile.
Studies show that women with low thyroid have trouble getting pregnant, and that proper thyroid supplementation can help achieve pregnancy. Infertility is yet another hypothyroid symptom amongst many others.
What happens if you become pregnant
while being hypothyroid?
Well, you will stress your body even further and may have to deal with other unwanted symptoms. A study in the Journal of Medical Screening attributed six out of every 100 late miscarriages to an undiagnosed hypothyroid condition in the mother. If you have had miscarriages, this could be the problem.
You could have worse symptoms while pregnant or you may feel better (everyone is different). Progesterone levels are very high during pregnancy and you may feel happier -- I noticed I was giddy many days while being pregnant both times, although I was dealing with terrible fatigue and extreme anemia (another symptom of hypo) with my second pregnancy --.
Being hypothyroid while pregnant may mean you will have more symptoms to deal with after the baby is born. When you nurse your baby, your baby may become hypothyroid also. Thyroid hormone is the only hormone passed through breast milk - a baby who isn't getting enough thyroid hormone will be small and sleep too much, plus has a lower IQ. This info is from a double-blind study in which they tested the IQs of 5-6 year olds they had followed since birth, and the thyroid condition of the mothers.
Because thyroid hormone is the only hormone a nursing mother passes to her baby in her breast milk, many women become hypothyroid while nursing. But if a woman is not hypothyroid to begin with, she will not necessarily become hypothyroid from nursing.
Women with postpartum low thyroid often go on to develop permanent autoimmune hypothyroidism and their babies may be permanently damaged by their deficiency. It is vital to be treated before becoming pregnant and if you find out you are hypothyroid after pregnancy, it is imperative you get treatment right away.