Getting Pregnant With Hypothyroid
About 3 months ago I was diagnosed with graves disease. I have always been healthy and normal, and although I did the radioactive iodine treatment and am now on eltroxin, I am convinced I was misdiagnosed and I believe that the hyperthyroidism was transient and due to the diet pills I was taking about a month before being diagnosed.
I want to fall pregnant in the near future, and want to know what should I do to optimise my chances.
I would really appreciate your help I am 28years old and am so stressed out right now.Answer:
Eltroxin contains Levothyroxine, a synthetic version of thyroid hormone. This drug is necessary to treat thyroid hormone imbalances that may interfere with the pituitary glands sex hormone production.
The pituitary gland secretes thyroid stimulating hormone, which in turn stimulates the thyroid gland to produce thyroid hormone.
During Graves disease, the thyroid gland becomes hyperactive and produces high amounts of thyroid hormone. The medical treatment for this condition is to decrease the activity of the thyroid gland and then supplement the thyroid hormone with drugs like Eltroxin.
This drug should be able to maintain the hormone levels steady, but needs to be taken regularly and monitored by your doctor as individualized dosage adjustments will be necessary over time.
The levels of thyroid hormones are very important in order to trigger ovulation. Women who are hypothyroid suffer from longer menstrual cycles due to delayed ovulation or lack of ovulation.
Make ruse to keep a diary with your symptoms and chart your basal body temperature in order to determine if you are ovulating.
Unfortunately once you have the radioactive iodine treatment done, your thyroid will be under-functioning and you will require ongoing
medication and monitoring.
Many women do get pregnant and have a healthy pregnancy and baby. If you do get pregnant, make sure to get immediate prenatal care as women with hypothyroid may be at higher risk of miscarriage if they thyroid levels are out of balance.
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, and begin charting your cycle. If you ovulate, you will get pregnant.
Next, follow a diet that supports your thyroid gland.
1. Eat only steamed cruciferous vegetables not raw and only once a week. These vegetables contain compounds that interfere with Thyroxine production.
2. Avoid eating too much dairy and animal foods because they contain high levels of hormones and antibiotics.
3. Avoid coffee, alcohol, carbonated beverages, sugar, juices, refined carbohydrates like white bread and pasta.
4. Do not eat soy products.
5. Eat wild caught fish.
6. Eat organic eggs.
7. Use Himalayan salt.
8. Drink water that has been purified by reverse osmosis. Fluorinated water interferes with thyroid function. Do not use a fluoride toothpaste. Consider using one containing hylitol.
Also, chlorinated water suppresses the thyroid gland. Do not swim in chlorinated water, do not use chlorine to wash your clothes and use a shower filter to take chlorine out of your water.
Avoid baking powder that contains bromine as this chemical prevents your thyroid gland from up taking iodine.
9. Never skip breakfast. Begin your day with a healthy fertility smoothy
10. Exercise daily preferably in the morning to increase your metabolism and support the thyroid gland. If you want to conceive get started with fertility yoga
. Yoga helps you deal with stress and prepares your body for conception as well.