If you’re pregnant, or planning to get pregnant, it’s only apt that you ensure your body is in the best condition to prevent scenarios such as a premature birth or, God forbid, a miscarriage.
One part of your body that can trigger these is the thyroid, that gland at your neck that is in charge of how quickly the body uses up energy for a variety of purposes, primarily for producing hormones to regulate the body’s metabolism.
When researchers led by Amy Blatt from Quest Diagnostics, a company that conducts lab tests, studied the records for half a million pregnant women from June 2005 until March 2008, they discovered that 15 percent of them had an underactive thyroid, commonly known as hypothyroidism. These results, which are higher than they expected are published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism.
Hypothyroidism has been linked to high blood pressure, gestational diabetes, low birth weight and the baby’s low IQ; however, pregnant women don’t get screened for this during prenatal care.
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There have been discussions on whether pregnant women with an underactive thyroid require treatment, since most of them usually present milder cases. The more severe cases are normally treated with hormone pills.