Pill Identifier App

Health Tip: Thyroid Problems May Affect Pregnancy

-- The thyroid, a small gland at the base of the neck, helps regulate your body's metabolism, including how fast your heart beats.

An overactive (hyperthyroid) or underactive (hypothyroid) gland can lead to a host of health problems, particularly during pregnancy.

The National Women's Health Information Center lists these possible complications of an untreated thyroid problem during pregnancy:

Hyperthyroidism:

  • Premature birth and early labor.
  • Preeclampsia, which causes high blood pressure and problems with organs including the kidneys.
  • A smaller baby or stillbirth.
  • Increased heart rate of the fetus.

Hypothyroidism:

  • Anemia.
  • Preeclampsia
  • Abnormal brain development of the baby.
  • Maternal bleeding after giving birth.

Posted: January 2010


View comments

Hide
(web4)