Testing your thyroid for hypothyroidism during pregnancy
Thyroid hormone plays an essential role in the development of a baby during pregnancy. Early in pregnancy the baby gets all of its thyroid hormone from the mother, so the mother's thyroid hormone status is very important. Hypothyroidism in the mother is associated with adverse health effects in the baby and complications during the pregnancy. Because of this, many physicians advocate testing all pregnant women for thyroid problems early in pregnancy, while others recommend testing for thyroid problems only in women that have certain risk factors for thyroid problems, such as a family history or an enlarged thyroid. The goal of this study was to determine how frequently pregnant women are tested for thyroid problems using a large national sample.
National status of testing for hypothyroidism during pregnancy and postpartum
Blatt AJ et al. J. Clin. Endocrinol. Metab. 97(3): 777-784. 2012
Testing for hypothyroidism during pregnancy
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