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Hyperthyroidism / Graves' Disease and Pregnancy

Information About Being Pregnant With an Overactive Thyroid

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Updated June 10, 2014

Hyperthyroidism / Graves' Disease and Pregnancy

Hyperthyroidism in pregnancy can be complicated to diagnose and treat, but it's crucial to the health of mother and baby.

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Hyperthyroidism - or having an overactive thyroid gland - can pose special concerns during pregnancy. When the body delivers too much thyroid hormone, both the mother and the baby can suffer. Miscarriages, premature births, and intrauterine growth retardation can occur when the disorder goes undiagnosed or untreated. Pregnant women with hyperthyroidism can also develop high blood pressure, and are at greater risk of heart conditions.

You'll have to be your own best advocate during pregnancy when you have an overactive thyroid -- beginning with finding a physician who will work with you to treat your condition within safe limits for the health of your baby.

Here are important resources to help you understand hyperthyroidism in pregnancy.

Hyperthyroidism in Pregnancy Information Center

Hyperthyroidism and Graves' Disease During Pregnancy: Signs, Symptoms, and Risks of an Overactive Thyroid in Pregnancy

Diagnosing Hyperthyroidism and Graves' Disease During Pregnancy

Treating Hyperthyroidism and Graves' Disease During Pregnancy: Overactive Thyroid Treatment for Pregnant Women

Hyperthyroidism in Pregnancy and Neonatal Hyperthyroidism: Implications for Newborns

Transient Hyperthyroidism of Hyperemesis Gravidarum in Pregnancy, Pregnant Women With Hyperthyroidism and Severe Vomiting

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