Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Hypothyroidism and Pregnancy

About 5 years ago I was diagnosed with Hasimoto's, an auto-immune disorder that causes hypothyroidism. You can read my previous posts about it all here.

My endocrinologist had always told me that as soon as I found out I was pregnant to call her right away so they could adjust my meds. At the time I was taking two different types of thyroid hormones - synthroid and cytomel. The cytomel was to help with my weight gain. When I called my Dr went ahead and bumped up mt synthroid and told me to just keep everything else the same.

I had an appointment set for about 6 weeks after that so we just used that lab work to see how my levels were. At that appointment my levels were on the high end. Nothing bad, but she wants me to be in the normal range so we decided to drop the cytomel. Which is fine by me because I take it in the morning and sometimes a little snack first thing in the morning can go a long way.

I go in for lab work in six weeks to see where my levels are. If they're normal then I go for labs in my third trimester and the I have an appointment with her about 8 weeks postpartum to check again. If adjustments need to be made I start over with the new meds followed by 6 week labs. My midwife will also monitor my levels.

The only other thing that was off was my Vitamin D. I have a 50,000 IUI prescription that I've been on for a few years. I admit to never being good about taking it, but started taking it religiously once I found out I was pregnant. I take it once a week and my daily prenatal vitamin also has it in it. At my appointment though? I was still low.

Ugh.

Higher than I'd ever been but still not great. Well it turns out I was only taking 1 pill instead of 2. This is what happens when you don't take your medicine like you're supposed to, you end up not taking the right amount. Now I'm back up to 2 a week so we'll see how my results are 6 weeks from now.

For now that's it. I'll post again if other things come up, but so far so good.

1 comment:

  1. Glad things are looking okay and that you figured out the issue with your pills. At least it is hopefully a simple fix.

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