About My Health Careers Internship MedBlogs Contact us
Medindia LOGIN REGISTER
Advertisement

Link Between Thyroid Disorders and Risk of Pregnancy Complications Identified

by Sheela Philomena on June 1, 2013 at 9:46 AM
Font : A-A+

 Link Between Thyroid Disorders and Risk of Pregnancy Complications Identified

Pregnant women with thyroid disorders face an increased risk of preterm birth and other pregnancy-related complications, finds study published in Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism (JCEM).

The risk of complications is heightened for both women who have underactive thyroid glands - a condition known as hypothyroidism - and those with overactive thyroid glands, or hyperthyroidism. Up to four percent of all pregnancies involve mothers with thyroid conditions.

Advertisement

"In the United States, at least 80,000 pregnant women each year have thyroid diseases," said the study's lead author, Tuija Mnnist, MD, PhD, of the National Institutes of Health's Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD). "These women are at increased risk of having serious adverse pregnancy outcomes, including hypertension and preterm birth. They also have a higher rate of labor inductions and other birth interventions."

The retrospective cohort study analyzed electronic medical records and 223,512 pregnancies where a single child was born to determine the rate of complications among women with thyroid conditions. The data was taken from the Consortium on Safe Labor study performed from 2002-2008. The study found women who had thyroid conditions were more likely to develop preeclampsia and tended to be admitted to the intensive care unit more frequently. Women with hypothyroidism, the most common thyroid disease in pregnancy, also were more likely to develop gestational diabetes and had a higher rate of cesarean delivery.
Advertisement

"Women need appropriate thyroid hormone levels to support a healthy pregnancy, so it is very important to carefully monitor expecting mothers who have thyroid diseases," said one of the study's authors, Pauline Mendola, PhD, of the NIH's NICHD. "We also need more research to identify ways to reduce the risks these women currently face."

The Endocrine Society's clinical practice guidelines for managing thyroid dysfunction during pregnancy and postpartum are available online at http://www.endo-society.org/guidelines/upload/Thyroid-Exec-Summ.pdf.

Other researchers working on the study include: J. Grewal, Y. Xie, Z. Chen, and S.K. Laughon of the NIH's NICHD.

Source: Newswise
Advertisement

Advertisement
News A-Z
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
Advertisement
News Category
What's New on Medindia
World AIDS Day 2021 - End Inequalities, End AIDS
Turmeric: Magic Ingredient to Keep you Healthy in Winter
Top 7 Benefits of Good Oral Hygiene
View all

Medindia Newsletters Subscribe to our Free Newsletters!
Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.

More News on:
Iodine Deficiency Disorder Trimester of pregnancy Pregnancy and Exercise Hyperthyroidism Home Pregnancy Test Pregnancy Psychological Changes In Pregnancy Hypothyroidism Drugs in Pregnancy and Lactation Breech Presentation and Delivery 

Recommended Reading
Pregnancy and Complications
In-depth guide for expecting mothers to overcome health complications related to early or late ......
Hyperthyroidism
Hyperthyroidism is a condition in which the thyroid gland makes excessive thyroid hormone. Grave's ....
Quiz on Thyroid
Feeling tired or depressed is a common enough complaint, particularly among women. Paying attention ...
Tips For Pregnant Women
Pregnancy is a time when a female blossoms into a woman with an experience never felt before. Here ....
Breech Presentation and Delivery
Breech birth or presentation is delivery of the fetus in a bottom or foot-first position. Causes of ...
Drugs in Pregnancy and Lactation
During pregnancy & lactation a nutritious diet, suitable exercise, adequate rest and a tranquil mind...
Home Pregnancy Test
A home pregnancy test is a test done to find out if one is pregnant or not in the relative comforts ...
Hypothyroidism
Symptoms of hypothyroidism are often general, unspecific changes in the body. Lethargy, weight gain,...
Iodine Deficiency Disorder
To control IDD, the ‘National Goiter Control Program (NGCP)’ was launched which was later renamed as...
Pregnancy
Detailed look at Early pregnancy Symptoms and easy health solutions during 1st, 2nd and 3rd trimeste...
Psychological Changes In Pregnancy
Pregnancy is an experience of growth, change, enrichment and challenge. During the 40 weeks of pregn...
Trimester of pregnancy
Encyclopedia section of medindia explains in brief about confirmation of pregnancy in first ......

Disclaimer - All information and content on this site are for information and educational purposes only. The information should not be used for either diagnosis or treatment or both for any health related problem or disease. Always seek the advice of a qualified physician for medical diagnosis and treatment. Full Disclaimer

© All Rights Reserved 1997 - 2021

This site uses cookies to deliver our services. By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie Policy, Privacy Policy, and our Terms of Use