1. Thyroid during Pregnancy – Hypothyroidism
Approximately 10% of women suffer from thyroid problems in India. As the thyroid issues are common, Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) levels for all women during their pregnancy is checked.
Women with thyroid disease are diagnosed with hypothyroidism – where the gland doesn’t produce enough thyroid hormone. Symptoms of hypothyroidism include irregular periods and difficulty with getting pregnant.
A milder form of thyroid during pregnancy is subclinical hypothyroidism. In this condition, the symptoms of thyroid imbalance may not be visible, but the TSH levels during pregnancy are too high and need treatment
2. Thyroid during Pregnancy – Hyperthyroidism
Hyperthyroidism, on the other hand, is a condition in which the gland is overactive and produces too much of the thyroid hormone.
Ideally, thyroid treatment should begin before conception; but it should definitely be taken care in early pregnancy to avoid complications. If left untreated, thyroid disorders can interfere with baby’s cognitive development. In rare cases, untreated thyroid issues can lead to preterm labour, gestational hypertension, or even miscarriage.
Consult with your Gynecologist Dr P Rajalakshmi, for further details.