8 weeks pregnant and tsh extremely high....worried

Hi

I am 8 weeks pregnant and just had routine blood tests and my tsh levels come back extremely extremely high at 17. My obstetrician diagnosed hypothyroidism and sent me to see a go that has put me on 50 levothyroxine. I am so worried as I have seen that this condition can effect the babies brain development in early pregnancy and lead to low iq and learning difficulties. I had no previous symptoms other than tiredness and bloating, but put it down to pregnancy. I am so petrified that I have damaged the baby and I can't get it out of my head....I was only diagnosed 2 days ago so am new to thryroid problems....can anyone put my mind at rest or share similar experiences....I live in Dubai also so very far away from family x

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  • Firstly congratulations

    Please dont worry about harming your child through your illness, you are lucky in that it was picked up early and treatment started immediately. A TSH of 17 while high is not "extremely" high. I'm not an obstetrician, but am the mother of an autistic child, probably because my hypothyroidism was never picked up on, so I have read up on quite a lot about it. Low IQ and learning difficulties should not affect your child so long as you are treated adequately as it is not being treated in the later part of pregnancy which affects this. Motor skills can be affected in early pregnancy, but again as you have been diagnosed and started treatment within the first 12 weeks, then there really is not much to worry about, at worst he/she wont be an Olympic class sprinter, but there is no reason to think he/she wont be a happy healthy child.

    Its natural to worry that there could be something wrong with your unborn child, every mother feels the same whether they have a medical condition or not, though it must be a lot harder being apart from your family who can give you support.

    Best advice is make sure you rest and dont do to much, and make sure you take your meds (especially your folic acid) and keep on top of doctors appointments, and dont stress to much about it, but enjoy the pregnancy (babys sense stress), and make sure you post a piccy in 7 months time :)

  • Just wanted to add to the excellent post above.

    Make sure you are taking your levo with only water, at least an hour before food and not with any other supplements. This will help to maximise absorption.

    Louise

    xx

  • Hi, congratulations first of all :)

    By my own experience, when I got pregnant and learnt I was I wav lucky to be working in a hospital. I went straight away to the endocrinology department and told them I needed my levels to be checked please.

    so they did. Sent me straight away to get the bloods done end within 48hours I spoke to an endocrinologist.

    She kindly explained me why she had to increase my dose.

    From 150mcg I used to take, went to 175 and two months later or so I went to 225mcg/day.

    My problem arrived when I moved country and from doctor to doctor no one has been able or capable to help me.

    But that's another story.

    Just make sure you are in good hands, you get bloods done and results updated and take your medication.

    Also vitamins, folic acid and fish oil(I was told) every day.

    My daughter is full of beans, very advanced for her age and a happy bunny.

    All the best!

  • The only thing I have to add to the great responses above is that my thyroid function dropped dramatically while I was pregnant with my daughter and, because it was rectified quickly with an increase in levothyroxine, she turned out fine. No physical or mental problems. In fact she is a very bright and happy girl :)

    Just make sure you do have your thyroid function monitored at least every trimester in case your dose needs increasing.

    Don't forget to check out the main Thyroid UK website for more information on hypothyroidism.

    thyroiduk.org.uk/tuk/index....

    And congratulations :)

    Carolyn x

  • Hi try not to worry with your good news. I had untreated Hypo when pregnant, both children very high IQ`s, good degrees and masters. If possible have a Free T3 test, often with high TSH it is the low Ft3, if low then treatment with T3 should help a lot.

    best wishes for a wonderful baby.

    Jackie

  • Congratulations on your pregnancy. Like Jackie I had 3 children whilst untreated for underactive thyroid and all three are fine, with children of their own. Every mother worries about her child, unborn or afterwards, that's what being a mother does for you, and I'm afraid it's a life sentence :)

  • i am 12 week pregnant . having euthyroxine 50 m since 1 month and before 2 month i was having 25 mg. On my routine blood check on my 11th week, my tsh extreamely high range @ 45. after to days on recheck it found 26.7 . Imeediately my endocrinologyst adviced to have 150 mg euthyroxine and I m having it now. During this days I am so thirsty and drinking water every 5 minutes :-( and having pain on abdomen left side and right side frequenly.

    I am so tensed that this abnormal TSH level change will affect my baby's growth ????

    Please advice .....

  • I'd love to hear an update! I currently found out I was pregnant and wasn't being treated for hypothyroidism! At that time I was eight weeks pregnant started on 125 mg & on May 26 my thyroid was tested my TSH was 26.080 they immediately up my dose 150. Now I am being sent to a high risk OB doctor Tuesday June 9th 2015 to make sure the brain developments are okay with my unborn child!! I have been worried sick over this!!

  • Can you pl update on this now? I am in similar situation in first trimester of my pregnancy. Your update on current situation will help me a lot.

  • Hi kellyjane04... I went through post.. I want to know how is ur babay now... please reply.. I want to share ur experience...

  • Hi ladies. I know this post is pretty old now, but would anyone please please tell me how your babies are doing???

    My TSH reached 8 in my first trimester.. I don't know how long it was that high, but I'm guessing for about a month... the doctor quickly regulated my dose when he found out, and now it's just fine. I'm just worried sick that I might have damaged my child's brain... the thoughts seriously keep me up at night

  • Katrine -

    I am in the same boat:(  Before my pregnancy, ,my TSH was 2.3.  I am two weeks pregnant and my TSH is 8.3.  I had my thyroid removed many years ago for Hashimoto's and my TSH levels have been very stable on synthroid until the pregnancy.  Now they increased my synthroid from 88mcg to 112 mcg.  

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