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Friday, May 11, 2018


Pregnancy Over 40 and The Thyroid

I had terrible morning sickness (which lasted all day) for the first three months of my pregnancy.
 Although my thyroid function was tested many times and considered to be normal, I found this article about how hyperthyroidism can cause not only morning sickness, but other pregnancy complications. Read more:


"In pregnancy, hyperthyroidism can aggravate morning sickness into the much more debilitating hyperemesis gravidarum, requiring hospitalization for rehydration. (In my practice, anyone with
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morning sickness is evaluated for thyroid function again after the initial labs.) But this just covers the mother. Hyperthyroidism can impact the pregnancy, too, with increased risk toward preterm labor, premature deliveries, low birth weight infants, and pregnancy induced hypertension (pre-eclampsia). The antibodies that make the mother's thyroid overreact can pass through the placenta to the baby, causing hyperthyroidism in the fetus, too.

Because pregnancy tones down a woman's immune response to everything (so that she won't reject her baby), immune disease-caused hyperthyroidism may cool down after a temporary surge of activity at 15 weeks, but the medical community isn't in agreement about the studies on this area. However, based on this theory, a doctor should be wary of "thyrotoxicosis" in the early to mid second trimester as well."

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