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Baby, maybe?

teamwink
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Joined: May 2011

I am curious if any women out there have gotten pregnant after thyroid cancer and RAI. My doc says I'd need to wait at least 1 year to start trying, and frankly, I'm not sure if I'm up for it. I always wanted more children, but I am a bit scared - how was it managing the thyroid levels while pregnant?

nasher
Posts: 507
Joined: Apr 2010

I have not (im male) but 2 of my local friends who have delt with thyroid cancer both have sucsesfully had healthy happy kids afterwords.

Yes they had to do alot more appointments with there doc's but everything went fine.

Will see if they will talk about it but i know its posible and can be done safely...

Craig

teamwink
Posts: 97
Joined: May 2011

I guess my two concerns are the health of the pregnancy/baby and weight gain/loss. I tend to have huge babies (nearly 10 pounds, early) and I'm having zero luck actually dropping weight now... so I wonder if it will be impossible to lose baby weight if I have a baby.

canuckfan
Posts: 7
Joined: Jun 2011

Hi Craig,
Are these two friends active on any of the sites where I could get a dialogue going with them? I am one year out from my RAI and looking to get pregnant but would really like to know what's in store for me given the thyroid meds, etc..
Thanks!
Beth

nasher
Posts: 507
Joined: Apr 2010

they are part of the im over it i dont want to talk about it club

but when I was going over the medical sheet for synthroid
http://www.rxabbott.com/pdf/Synthroid.pdf

i saw these statements

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Patients should be informed of the following information to aid in the safe and effective use of SYNTHROID:
1. Notify your physician if you are allergic to any foods or medicines, are pregnant or intend to become pregnant, are breastfeeding or are taking any other medications, including prescription and over-the-counter preparations.

8. Notify your physician if you become pregnant while taking SYNTHROID. It is likely that your dose of SYNTHROID will need to be increased while you are pregnant.

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later on it says...
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Pregnancy – Category A – Studies in women taking levothyroxine sodium during pregnancy have not shown an increased risk of congenital abnormalities. Therefore, the possibility of fetal harm appears remote. SYNTHROID should not be discontinued during pregnancy and hypothyroidism diagnosed during pregnancy should be promptly treated.
Hypothyroidism during pregnancy is associated with a higher rate of complications, including spontaneous abortion, preeclampsia, stillbirth and premature delivery. Maternal ypothyroidism may have an adverse effect on fetal and childhood growth and development. During pregnancy, serum T4 levels may decrease and serum TSH levels increase to values outside the normal range. Since elevations in serum TSH may occur as early as 4 weeks gestation, pregnant women taking SYNTHROID should have their TSH measured during each trimester. An elevated serum TSH level should be corrected by an increase in the dose of SYNTHROID. Since postpartum TSH levels are similar to preconception values, the SYNTHROID dosage should return to the pre-pregnancy dose immediately after delivery. A serum TSH level should be obtained 6-8 weeks
postpartum.
Thyroid hormones cross the placental barrier to some extent as evidenced by levels in cord blood of athyreotic fetuses being approximately one-third maternal levels. Transfer of thyroid hormone from the mother to the fetus, however, may not be adequate to prevent in utero hypothyroidism.

Nursing Mothers – Although thyroid hormones are excreted only minimally in human milk, caution should be exercised when SYNTHROID is administered to a nursing woman. However, adequate replacement doses of levothyroxine are generally needed to maintain normal lactation.

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hope this answers some of your questions or at least gives you a basis to chat with your doctor about

Craig

canuckfan
Posts: 7
Joined: Jun 2011

Thanks Craig!
Great for your friends - I can't wait to join that club!
I am way in to my research and looking for "live" bodies that are in the process or have just given birth. :)

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