Get your Health question answered in 3 easy steps
A Doctor will be with you shortly
Ask a Doctor Now
176 Doctors are Online

Pregnant, labs show normal TSH and T3 but increase in total T4 and T3. Normal?

User rating for this question
Very Good
Answered by
Practicing since : 2007
Answered : 1201 Questions
My tsh is normal, ft3 is normal, but my total t4 is 15 and total t3 is 2.69 ng/ml. I am also 20 weeks pregnant. Is this normal or considered hyperthyroidism? Please kindly advice..
Posted Mon, 10 Jun 2013 in Thyroid Problem and Hormonal Problems
Answered by Dr. Jorge Brenes-Salazar 1 hour later
Dear patient,

Thanks for your health concerns. During pregnancy, the total amount of thyroid hormone is relatively increased as part of fetal requirements comes from the mother but free hormones tend to remain normal.

Most importantly, TSH is the main indicator of the thyroid axis; if it is normal, it indicates that levels of hormones are adequate to XXXXXXX normal metabolic needs. To be compatible with hyperthyroidism, TSH would have to be suppressed or undetectable, which is not your case.

Hope this helps, wish you the best health.

Dr Brenes Salazar MD
Cardiovascular Diseases
Mayo Clinic MN
Above answer was peer-reviewed by
Follow-up: Pregnant, labs show normal TSH and T3 but increase in total T4 and T3. Normal? 39 minutes later
Thanks so much for ur prompt reply.

But even with my total t3 and total t4 is elevated?

Im just worried.. Please kindly advice..

Thank you
Answered by Dr. Jorge Brenes-Salazar 14 hours later

Thanks for writing back.

During pregnancy, the production of the protein that binds (carries) the thyroid hormone, thyroglobulin binding protein, is increased and therefore total T3 and T4 are increased but free levels of hormone are normal and a normal TSH reflects normal thyroid function. That total increase in hormones is normal pregnancy change.

Hope this is useful, wish you the best health,

Dr Brenes Salazar
Above answer was peer-reviewed by
Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Share on Google+
Question is related to
Diseases and Conditions
Medical Topics

The user accepted the expert's answer

Ask an Endocrinologist

© Ebix, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
All the information, content and live chat provided on the site is intended to be for informational purposes only, and not a substitute for professional or medical advice. You should always speak with your doctor before you follow anything that you read on this website. Any health question asked on this site will be visible to the people who browse this site. Hence, the user assumes the responsibility not to divulge any personally identifiable information in the question. Use of this site is subject to our Terms & Conditions
Already Rated.
Your rating:

Ask a Doctor