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Hypothyroidism in Pregnancy

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jun 5, 2024.

What is hypothyroidism?

Hypothyroidism is a condition that develops when the thyroid gland makes little or no thyroid hormone. Thyroid hormones help control body temperature, heart rate, growth, and how you gain or lose weight.

Thyroid and Parathyroid Glands

What increases my risk for hypothyroidism?

What are the signs and symptoms of hypothyroidism during pregnancy?

How is hypothyroidism diagnosed?

Your healthcare provider will ask about your symptoms and examine you. He or she will ask what medicines you take. Tell him or her about your medical history and if anyone in your family has hypothyroidism. You will have blood tests to check your thyroid hormone level.

How is hypothyroidism treated?

Thyroid medicine will bring your thyroid hormone level back to normal. The dose may be adjusted during your pregnancy. Your thyroid hormone level will be checked regularly to make sure you get the right dose. You may also need iodine supplements or eat foods higher in iodine. Ask your healthcare provider for more information on other medicines you may need.

Treatment options

The following list of medications are related to or used in the treatment of this condition.

How can I manage hypothyroidism?

Call your local emergency number (911 in the US) if:

When should I seek immediate care?

When should I call my doctor?

Care Agreement

You have the right to help plan your care. Learn about your health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your healthcare providers to decide what care you want to receive. You always have the right to refuse treatment. The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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