5 ways to manage thyroid problems before planning a baby

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5 ways to manage thyroid problems before planning a baby

5 ways to manage thyroid problems before planning a baby

Thyroid and Pregnancy
5 ways to manage thyroid problems before planning a baby

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5 ways to manage thyroid problems before planning a baby

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5 ways to manage thyroid problems before planning a baby

Thyroid disorders are increasingly common amongst women. This condition caused by hormonal imbalance can even affect your fertility and make it difficult to conceive.

A good way to make sure that you and your unborn baby are both healthy is to first check for thyroid disorder, even before you conceive or are already pregnant.

1. Speak to your doctor before you plan to conceive

One of the most important things to do if you are planning to have a baby is to first check that you are healthy. Your health will have a big impact on your unborn baby’s health. Speak to your doctor to find out what tests you have to do that can detect any risk or signs of a thyroid disorder. Your doctor may ask you to do tests such as TSH, T4 and T3.

2. Start ruling out symptoms

There are many symptoms of thyroid disorders that are often mistaken for something else. For instance, hair loss, feeling tired all the time, constipation, changes in the menstrual cycle, mood swings or even something such as dry skin can be because of a thyroid disorder. Your doctor will suggest tests or ways in which you can find out if these are because of thyroid problems or any other reason.

3. Choose what you eat

A healthy pregnancy needs a healthy diet. It is time to give up on junk foods and sodas and embrace healthy, home-cooked meals complete with pulses, vegetables and a healthy serving of fruits.

In case you are detected with thyroid problem and are planning a baby, it may be a good idea to reach out to a nutritionist who may recommend you a plan best suited to meet all your dietary requirements. However, remember that certain vitamin supplements may interfere with your thyroid medications so talk to you doctor too, to plan out the best course of action.

4. Don’t worry, medicines can help

Once you do the required tests, your doctor will check the reports and prescribe the required medicine.

Remember that the dosage of your thyroid medicine is very specific and differs from person to person. So it is very important that you take the medicine exactly the way your doctor has prescribed. Even the slightest change in the dosage can have a negative effect on your health, so always speak to your doctor to know how to have the medicine.

5. Be positive and fight it

Did you know that your stress levels can have an impact on your thyroid condition? Maintaining a positive outlook towards your health can help win this battle against the condition. Your mental health is just as important while trying to achieve a better physical health. Try doing activities that can help you relax, such as practicing yoga or meditation, listening to soothing music, or add some exercise to your day - jogging, swimming or even enrolling in an activity that you like, such as sports or a hobby class.

 

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"A good way to make sure that you and your unborn baby are both healthy is to first speak to your doctor and to rule out thyroid disorder."

References

  1. Alexander EK et al. Guidelines of the American Thyroid Association for the Diagnosis and Management of Thyroid Disease during Pregnancy and the Postpartum. Thyroid. 2017 Mar;27(3):315-389.