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High thyroid levels and its effect on babies - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   Hi, I am 7 weeks pregnant, hypothyroid and just got results of my TSH bloodwork. My TSH is 9.4 and my doctor wants me to increase my daily meds (levothyroxine) from 100mcg to 112 mcg. I am really scared that this 9.4 level is harming the baby. What TSH levels are dangerous? I have no reference point here. Will things level off soon? Thanks.
Doctor :   Hi,
Doctor :   anything above 6 ( Tsh) is not good for the baby
Doctor :   baby ( fetus) needs maternal thyroid hormone for growth
Doctor :   increasing the Levothyroxin is a good and only choice
Doctor :   after increasing the medication dose , you have to keep constant observation on T3 and T4 levels
User :   How often should my levels be checked?
Doctor :   its better to get every month , y make sure that the blood hormone levels are steady
Doctor :   to make *
User :   Will the new meds help in a month? I'm not feeling reassured here...
Doctor :   May i know which new medications ?
User :   I've read situations where the woman had a 17 tsh! I was thinking that my situation was correctable.
User :   Same levothyroxine, just a higher dose. From 100mcg to 112mcg.
Doctor :   yes, your situation is not too bad to be worried , since you are carrying its better to be on the safer side
Doctor :   yes, the higher dose will surely help
Doctor :   Levothyroxin , is hormone it will serve the purpose directly
User :   Wow...that makes me feel better- that would have helped to read in the first response....I'm very worried here.
Doctor :   do not worry
Doctor :   get the levels checked every month and make sure that T3 and T4 levels are nearer to the range
User :   I'm assuming many of the serious thyroid affects to a baby are when a woman does not treat the problem at all.
Doctor :   yes, you are right
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