Anyone in here on thyroid meds for Hashimoto’s? I just found out that I’m 4 weeks pregnant and my usual thyroid medication has been on a national back order for a while now. I’ve been switching pharmacies every month to get my rx filled. Now I’m extra worried because I definitely can’t be without my medication. I’m thinking of talking to my doc to switch the type of med I’m on even though I really don’t want to. Anyone switch thyroid meds early in a pregnancy?
Don’t worry, I’m still going to talk to my doc today. Just want to hear about any personal experiences doing so.
I am 7 years out from a thyroid cancer diagnosis, and total thyroidectomy after Hashimotos and hypothyroidism. I’ve also got a 7 month old! The important thing here is monitoring blood work. I’m on a high dose since I don’t have my thyroid at all anymore, but my dosage did not need to be increased until about 20 weeks. Be sure you are confident with your doctor to monitor appropriate thyroid hormone levels and adjust regularly through out your pregnancy. My dosage increased three times, and now 7 months postpartum and breastfeeding, I’m at a lower dose than I was prepregnancy.
I take thyroid meds for Hypothyroidism and my sister takes them for Hashimoto’s. Get on meds as soon as possible! My sister and I were both considered high-risk while pregnant because of her Hashimoto’s and my Hypothyroidism (among other things). Untreated thyroid conditions have a high risk of causing miscarriages. I switched from Armour Thyroid to Levothyroxine and Liothyronine in my last pregnancy early on because my endocrinologist said my levels weren’t good enough and the med switch would help. It made me feel better and I had no side effects. My sister had to have her meds increased during her pregnancy, which made her feel better with no side effects. After you get on some meds, ask for a referral to an endocrinologist (if you don’t already have one) so they can properly monitor your levels and adjust meds as needed. You will also need to see your OB-GYN more often since you’re considered high-risk.
Which meds are you on. I’m also on levo, haven’t had issues with stock at my pharmacy. It’s definitely important to see an endo, but I’m not sure about the automatic high-risk classification. I wasn’t considered high risk, actually got clearance from my OB to switch to a midwife so I could have a home birth. I don’t know if the fact that I had well controlled levels post total thyroidectomy may have played a role in that, though.
I have been on levo and synthroid and both caused me to have depression, which is why I switched to the nature throid…your dr may try to put you on synthroid or levo cause they get money to push those drugs! Be careful and don’t be pushed into anything you don’t want, I think by 20 weeks baby makes it’s own thyroid hormones but you still need your meds.
Make sure you monitor your thyroid levels around every 4 weeks while pregnant. Doctors knew I was getting IVF treatment to get pregnant and no one told me to check my bloods for the first 10 weeks until I saw my midwife. And my levels were higher than recommended. So scary. I’m 16 weeks pregnant now and they still haven’t gone down to where they should be. And no one has explained to me yet how bad it can be for the baby.