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    hypothyroidism

    Does anyone have hypothyroidism? I developed it after my first pregnancy and have been battling with it ever since. My doctor didn't mention it when I was diagnosed, but I've been reading on the internet that it can affect subsequent pregnancies- miscarriage, baby's development delayed, etc. As my husband and I are considering having 2nd baby this year, I would like to hear anyone's experience with it. Thanks!

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    they caught it in me during my second pregnancy. i don't know if i had it during my first or not. it wasn't until the head of O & G at QMH came on rounds that they caught it.

    when my daughter was born, she was a little low too, but that cleared up within a week of birth. she's happy and healthy and ahead in developmental milestones.

    my condition seemed to clear up after pregnancy on its own. not sure what the possibilities could be if you are still battling it.

    i would ask your dr ASAP.

    good luck!

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    I had it too but only in my third pregnancy here at QEH, did they truly diagnose it as hyperthyroidism and treated me accordingly. I must say, that I suffered during the first 2 pregnancies. I had "morning sickness" for the first 2 trimesters and ended up in hospital a number of times due to dehydration. I lost anywhere between 5-10 kg in the pregnancies but since it was detected during the third pregnancy, I suffered less.

    I went for bloody test with every check-up and was monitored closely. As a result to the condition, it was very hard for me to put on weight and I ended up having a c-section at 36 weeks for lake of weight gain. When my little girl was born, that was one of the things she was tested for because it seems that it can be passed on to them. Her levels were slightly elevated and they monitored her till she was 2 yrs to make sure that she did not have any form of thyroid problems. She went for blood test every 6 mths to make sure her levels were normal. Glad to say that she has just turned 2 and has a clean bill of health. My symptoms too disappeared after pregnancy.

    I guess if you know before hand, it makes easier to manage the condition without the worry. I wished that I had been diagnosed much earlier so that I didn't have to suffer with my first 2 children.

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    did you have hypo or hyper (hypo... you don't make enough T4, hyper, you make too much)

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    I had hyper before I was pregnant and was treated by taking a dose of radioactive Iodine. This kills a lot of my thyroid functions, thus I am now hypo and have to take T4 everyday.

    After the treatment, I tried to get pregnant and it took me 3 years to do it. Thyroid levels can affect fertility, so I would go to see a professional in this field to have your levels checked.

    Thyroid levels can go up during illness etc.

    My dr is Dr john Ma and he is very good. He is a specialist in this field. HIs number is 25232662

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    i had hypO as does the OP.

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    hi,
    I am also suffering from hypothyroidism, and am in the 2 nd trimester of my 2 nd pregnancy...I was diagnosed about this(hypo) only after my first kid was born, and started taking regular medication...It dint affect my fertility in anyway and I got pregnant the 2nd time as easily as the first one....
    It depends to what level you are hypothyroid/deficient to affect you fertility..
    now for my 2 nd pregnancy, I am consulting an endocrinologist and I take the T4/TSH test every month and adjust my medication accrdingly to meet with the demands of the pregnancy...
    hope this helps....

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    Hi,
    its better you get consulted with an endocrinologist to get a claer view of your situation..he will check the levels and advise you accordingly..
    and also, there is auto-immune test for which if the result is negative, than chances of passing it to baby is less....

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