Nile Women's Health Care
OBGYNs & Certified Midwives located in Roswell, GA & Johns Creek, GA
Untreated thyroid conditions during pregnancy can cause serious complications, including miscarriage, premature birth, and stillbirth. At Nile Women's Health Care in Roswell and Suwanee, Georgia, the experienced OB/GYN team offers management of your thyroid condition to ensure you have a healthy pregnancy and baby. Call or schedule a consultation online today to have your thyroid problems addressed.
Thyroid Conditions in Pregnancy Q & A
Why should I be concerned about thyroid conditions during pregnancy?
The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped organ that sits in the middle of your throat. It’s responsible for creating hormones that affect numerous bodily systems, including metabolism, body temperature regulation, energy, and heart rate.
If your thyroid produces too little or too much thyroid, it can disrupt your body’s function. Thyroid cancer is another problem that can affect this organ.
Any thyroid condition experienced during pregnancy can threaten the health of you and your baby. Without treatment, thyroid conditions can cause serious pregnancy complications.
When should I suspect I have a thyroid condition during pregnancy?
Your doctor doesn’t usually check your thyroid function during pregnancy unless you have a history of thyroid problems or you’re showing symptoms, such as feelings of being cold all the time, excessive weight gain, or extremely low energy.
During a physical exam, your doctor palpates your thyroid. If it feels irregular, they may recommend thyroid testing.
Who is at risk of developing thyroid conditions during pregnancy?
You have an elevated risk of developing a thyroid condition during pregnancy if you:
- Are currently being treated for a thyroid condition
- Have had a thyroid condition during a past pregnancy or had a baby with a thyroid condition
- Have a family history of autoimmune thyroid conditions or personally have an autoimmune disorder
- Suffer from Type 1 diabetes
- Underwent high-dose neck radiation or other treatment for hyperthyroidism
Alert your specialist at Nile Women’s Health Care about any history with thyroid issues when you come in for preconception counseling or during your first prenatal appointment.
How do doctors address thyroid conditions during pregnancy?
If you have a diagnosed thyroid condition and are on medication, know that it’s probably safe to continue to take it during pregnancy. Thyroid medications help keep your thyroid hormone levels balanced, so you avoid health or pregnancy complications.
Discuss your medication and dosage with your Nile Women’s Health Care provider before pregnancy or as soon as possible after discovering you're pregnant. They’ll want to make sure the dosage is correct, and the medication is safe for the baby.
Call Nile Women’s Health Care to discuss thyroid conditions during pregnancy or schedule an appointment online today.
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