Thyroid – Before, During & After Pregnancy!

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Thyroid – Before, During & After Pregnancy!

Thyroid – Before, During & After Pregnancy!

Yes, thyroid can be troublesome and should be treated especially if you are trying to get pregnant or are already pregnant or post pregnancy.

Trying to get pregnant

Thyroid can have an effect on a woman’s ability to ovulate and could make it harder to get pregnant. It can disrupt a woman’s natural menstrual cycle in both situations – when the thyroid gland either produces too much thyroid hormone (hyperthyroidism) or too little (hypothyroidism). Getting the thyroid problems solved before conceiving is more important than you think. In men, thyroid can cause reduction in sperm count, consequential in infertility. After treatment the sperm count usually returns to normal. Are you overweight? Learn how obesity can impact your capability to conceive. Try losing those extra kilos before you plan to conceive.

During pregnancy, you should take your anti thyroid drugs as per prescription. Propylthiouracil (PTU) is the drug preferred in the first three months. ‘Block and replace’ therapy should not be used in pregnancy. If thyroid surgery is required, the safest time to operate is during the middle trimester of pregnancy. If your thyroid is not under control, the risk of miscarriage in the early stages of pregnancy increases manifolds.

Post Pregnancy

Thyroid can come again in the year after the baby is born, so you should have your blood tested about three months after delivery and at regular intervals. Iodine consumption should be increased throughout pregnancy. It is recommended to breastfeed approximately 150 micrograms to 250 micrograms per day but not more than 500 micrograms in a day.