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Hypothyroidism and Pregnancy

Being Pregnant With an Underactive Thyroid

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Updated December 13, 2003

Hypothyroidism doesn't have to mean you can't have a joyous, healthy pregnancy! Although it may make your pregnancy slightly more complicated, in the end, your pregnancy could be as uneventful as that of a woman with a normal functioning thyroid.

Answers to many of your questions related to hypothyroidism and pregnancy are available online at Pregnancy and Hypothyroidism/Frequently Asked Questions, including the following:
  • How do I know if I'm hypothyroid?
  • What can I do to ensure my health - or my baby's health - doesn't suffer due to my hypothyroidism?
  • Why is early medical attention during pregnancy so important?
  • Just how big a risk am I taking in becoming pregnant with a dysfunctional thyroid?
  • How do I deal with my special needs for medical advice about medications and managing my thyroid during pregnancy?
  • Should I keep taking my existing medications?
  • Will my thyroid medications interfere with breastfeeding?
  • What is the risk that my baby will inherit my Hashimoto's disesase?
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