Hypothyroidism during Pregnancy - Frequently Asked Questions

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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Which doctor should I consult for hypothyroidism during pregnancy?

An endocrinologist and your gynecologist.

2. Is hypothyroidism a cause of miscarriage?

Uncorrected hypothyroidism can cause first trimester abortions.

3. Is it possible to get pregnant when diagnosed with hypothyroidism?

Severe hypothyroidism prevents the ovulation and hence decreases the fertility. But correcting the hypothyroidism can restore the fertility.

4. What is postpartum thyroiditis?

It is observed after pregnancy, which can cause hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism or both one after another. It is immune-mediated.

5. Is hypothyroidism common among pregnant women?

Thyroid diseases are common among the child-bearing women. Hypothyroidism is common among pregnant women.

6. How much iodine do I need during pregnancy?

The requirement of iodine in pregnancy is more than during regular time, about 250 micrograms per day is required. But excess iodine consumption may cause thyroid problems.

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