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TSH count concern during pregnancy
concorde007 posted:

A year before planning pregnancy we did a basic check and realized that my wife has a high a TSH count of 53, doc said she has hypo thyroid and suggested us medication. Doc also asked us to keep the planning on hold. We gradually reduced the count to 8, 6 and finally 1, maintained it for few months. Medication was increased/decreased based on the counts. We started our planning as per the internal medicine doc and gynecologist. After two months we did a re-check and TSH count again shot high to 8, within few days later we realized that she was pregnant. Doc said, that's fine as TSH requirement will go up and medicines, so he increased medication to 87.5 mg. My wife is now in her first trimester, entering 3rd month, her TSI count has again gone up to 9.25. The dosage is now increased to 125 mg.

We are now starting to worry. Brain development is crucial in the first trimester and as per lots of websites high TSH count is not at all good for the child's brain development. She was on doc watch both internal and gynecologist for the past 1 year, now this rapid raise in TSI count has really shattered us with worry. Please help and let me know what to do or what to ask the doctor.

This blog is not that I don't trust the doctors, they are the best in the island. I just want to know if there is a possibility that this high count will affect our child!!, what could we do to reduce the TSH count or what all questions should I ask the doctor.

Sorry for posting the comment anonymously
RobynMia responded:
Hey there,

To begin with I have hyperthyroid. And, yes, untreated it can affect the baby. I went my first four months untreated. However, it sounds like your doctor is taking appropriate measures. She should continue to get tested monthly and should also be taking her pills daily. If so, I wouldn't worry about it too much. Besides, aside from that there is not much else you can do.

On another note all together. TSH testing is an outdated way to tell if your thyroid or something it is connected to is off. More and more evidence is coming forward but the medical world has not caught up. Certain antibodies can throw off this test all together. So in reality your wife may be taking a higher dose then needed. When it comes down to it, your symptoms will tell a much better and bigger story then a TSH test. That is what you really need to be monitoring.

Two websites that my doctor recommended me to that breaks down thyroid in a readable fashion are:

With that being said I have done ample research in various medical journals that back up this information.

If anything, it may not hurt to get these tests done at a bare minimum- antibodies, Free T3, Free T4, Vit D, and maybe your adrenaline levels.

Thyroid issues have controlled so much in my life up to this point unknowingly, I wish it on no one. But, it can be managed and as a patient you need to take control through education of yourself and your practitioner (and if your practitioner is not willing to bend, you may want to go else where).

Good luck. And, I have spoke to plenty of women who have had wonderful healthy babies who have had thyroid issues.
RobynMia responded:
Oh, and lastly, it is very common for your thyroid levels to change in pregnancy and most women up their dose throughout. I have.
concorde007 replied to RobynMia's response:
Thanks RobynMia , that was very helpful..will review the the websites.

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