Thyroid Disease during Pregnancy etc.
In late 2011, the journal Thyroid published a 47-page article == “Guidelines of the American Thyroid Association for the Diagnosis and Management of Thyroid Disease During Pregnancy and Postpartum” == that provides guidance for diagnosis and management of a variety of thyroid problems during and after pregnancy. I’ve summarized the key findings for you.
Managing Thyroid Disease During and After Pregnancy
Thyroid disease is known to affect many aspects of pregnancy and postpartum health, as well as the health of the baby. In an effort to organize the various and sometimes contradictory practices with regarding to thyroid disease and pregnancy, clinical guidelines for the management of thyroid problems in pregnancy and during the postpartum period were published in late 2011. Here’s a quick recap.
Graves’ Disease and Pregnancy
When hyperthyroidism is not controlled in pregnancy, it’s associated with a variety of complications, including miscarriage, pregnancy-induced hypertension, premature birth, low birth weight, intrauterine growth restriction, stillbirth, thyroid storm, and maternal congestive heart failure. Therefore, proper diagnosis and treatment of Graves’ disease and hyperthyroidism during pregnancy is essential. Learn more now.
Neonatal Thyroid Disease
When a woman is hyperthyroid during pregnancy, there is a small risk == approximately 1% to 2% == that her baby will develop hyperthyroidism before birth == a condition known as fetal thyrotoxicosis == or be born with hyperthyroidism == known as neonatal hyperthyroidism.