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Hypothyroidism and pregnant?

Posted by on Jan. 16, 2013 at 6:13 AM
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I've been hypo for years. Unfortunately, for went around 4 years undiagnosed with it when I should have been on medication, due to doctor error. Anyway... So I've been on my levothyroxine for a year and a half now, still not leveled out completely. My last lab work, the day after I found out I was pregnant actually, my TSH was 5.6. Now, I just read that doctors like pregnant women with hypothyroidism to stay under 2.99 at the highest. Anything above that number has a higher risk of miscarriage. Starting to worry a little bit now..

I know I'm not leveled out, and I'm sure that my numbers are more whacked due to the pregnancy. I haven't had my first OB appointment, that's next Wednesday. Since being pregnant, my primary refuses to see me because she's not an OB/GYN. Okay, whatever. I just need to know this baby will be okay, and no one seems to want to help me out. 

Anyway, anyone else hypo and pregnant? No one I know has hypothyroidism in general, not to mention to be pregnant at the same time. I have no one to really relate to with this.

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chickensmommy
by Member on Jan. 16, 2013 at 6:32 AM
You need an endocrinologist.
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AmyL3469
by on Jan. 16, 2013 at 6:36 AM

I've been to one, they won't see me. They're leaving it all to the OB. My endocrinologist upped my dose by 12 mcg. They know I'm pregnant, but I highly doubt that little of an increase will bring me from 5.6 to under 2.

Quoting chickensmommy:

You need an endocrinologist.


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chickensmommy
by Member on Jan. 16, 2013 at 6:38 AM
My endo works with my ob. They probably don't want to make big changes due to pregnancy. They have actually tapered my meds a bit.


Quoting AmyL3469:

I've been to one, they won't see me. They're leaving it all to the OB. My endocrinologist upped my dose by 12 mcg. They know I'm pregnant, but I highly doubt that little of an increase will bring me from 5.6 to under 2.

Quoting chickensmommy:

You need an endocrinologist.



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AmyL3469
by on Jan. 16, 2013 at 6:46 AM

My ob is in a separate hospital from my primaries. I've been waiting to get an appointment with them since I found out. I was trying to get my primary doc to do something about my meds, but she "doesn't feel comfortable." It's okay, just let me miscarry because you don't want to help me or refer me back to the endo. My OB appt is next week. Just trying my best to take it easy and stay calm.

Quoting chickensmommy:

My endo works with my ob. They probably don't want to make big changes due to pregnancy. They have actually tapered my meds a bit.


Quoting AmyL3469:

I've been to one, they won't see me. They're leaving it all to the OB. My endocrinologist upped my dose by 12 mcg. They know I'm pregnant, but I highly doubt that little of an increase will bring me from 5.6 to under 2.

Quoting chickensmommy:

You need an endocrinologist.




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wkukid
by Bronze Member on Jan. 16, 2013 at 6:56 AM

I have it. They monitor my levels once a month and change my meds when needed. My midwife and endocrinologist are in the same building withing the same medical group though.

AmyL3469
by on Jan. 16, 2013 at 6:57 AM

I'm hoping to see a new endo at the OB hospital. I just hate the ob/gyn department at my closest clinic. I've had my other two kids at the 2nd hospital. I'd make that my primary hospital if it wasn't an hour away.

Quoting wkukid:

I have it. They monitor my levels once a month and change my meds when needed. My midwife and endocrinologist are in the same building withing the same medical group though.


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LaughingTattoo
by on Jan. 16, 2013 at 7:04 AM

I know my former has a slew of "new" drs they will work with for pregnant women. Specialists who work in conjunction with the OB. They have everything from endos to oncologists. It is very likely your OB may have the same type of list. Why not give them a call this morning to see if you can find out and ease your mind?

niki1125
by on Jan. 16, 2013 at 7:19 AM
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I had to see an endocrinologist the hole time I was pregnant. We tried for 2 years to get prego and found out I had hypothyroidism. It took me 4 months for my levels to check out and I got pregnant right away! I take synthroid And had no problem my whole pregnancy. Good luck.
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AmyL3469
by on Jan. 16, 2013 at 7:20 AM

wow lucky only 4 months! I'm going on 2 years of medication and doctors. Glad everything was good for your pregnancy and all. I hope to get some answers as far as the thyroid issues go, today.

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Quoting AmyL3469:



I had to see an endocrinologist the hole time I was pregnant. We tried for 2 years to get prego and found out I had hypothyroidism. It took me 4 months for my levels to check out and I got pregnant right away! I take synthroid And had no problem my whole pregnancy. Good luck.


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ctaylor1211
by on Jan. 16, 2013 at 10:22 AM

I have had my levels out of whack for the past twelve years I am currently 8 weeks pregnant unmedicated. My dr has me on Armour but I haven't started it yet.  I didn't realize it could cause you to miscarry especially since I was not taking my meds when I had my son or my daughter this will be my third child.  My sister also had her daughter with hypothyroidism unmedicated and all was fine so i would say you are probably okay to wait until your appointment

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