THYROID CONDITIONS DURING PREGNANCY.
What is the thyroid?
The thyroid is a tiny, butterfly-shaped gland in your neck. A gland is an organ that makes substances that help your body work. The thyroid plays an important role in making hormones that play a big role during pregnancy. For example, thyroid hormones can affect your heart rate (how fast your heart beats) and your metabolism (how well and fast your body processes what you eat and drink).
When your Thyroid gland makes too little or too many hormones it is considered a disorder. Some women have a thyroid disorder that begins before pregnancy (also called a pre-existing condition). Others may develop thyroid problems for the first time during pregnancy or soon after giving birth.
With proper treatment and lifestyle, thyroid conditions may not cause any problems during pregnancy. But untreated thyroid conditions can cause problems for you and your baby during pregnancy and after birth.
Symptoms of Hyperthyroidism & Hypothyroidism While Pregnant
hyperthyroidism may mimic those of normal pregnancy, such as an increased heart rate, sensitivity to hot temperatures, and fatigue. Other symptoms are:
- Irregular heartbeat
- Heightened nervousness
- Severe nausea or vomiting
- Shaking hands (slight tremor)
- Trouble sleeping
- Weight loss or low weight gain beyond that expected of a typical pregnancy
Symptoms of hypothyroidism, such as extreme tiredness and weight gain, may be easily confused with normal symptoms of pregnancy. Other symptoms may include:
- Difficulty concentrating or memory problems
- Sensitivity to cold temperatures
- Muscle cramps
Consult your doctor if you are pregnant and suffering from thyroid with proper treatment and lifestyle thyroid can be managed.