I cant offer any help re risks to baby -I have Graves disease athough being an autoimmune disorder it went away during my last pregnancy ( 14 years ago). Darn thing came back almost a year ago.
Hyper thyroid is hell!!! Palpitations/elevated BP/ anxiety/ exhaustion/ extreme hunger with weight loss(you might think this sounds like fun but sadly its a bitch to be up 2 hourly to feed -yourself!). I had never had anxiety/ panic before and wonder how many women who are diagnosed with pnd actually have a thyroid problem - anxiety/ palpitations go when the levels balance.
Proper diagnosis and treatment is important for the mother's health -mine escalated very quickly and required a radioactive scan to diagnose properly. Obviously this cant be done on a pregnant woman so it probably depends on her TSH levels what would be the best choice re induction/ treatment. Is she seeing an endocrinologist? I have found that not all doctors really know their stuff re thyroid.
Recently, despite pleading that my symptoms had returned was given everything from 24 hr heart monitoring ( yep speeding!).to being advised to take a range of meds from calcium channel blockers to anti deporessants - none of which were necessary once I finally did a blood test and altered my carbimazole (thyroid suppressant) -although this has taken a couple of months of see-sawing. According to Hale thyroid meds are ok during breastfeeding - just monitor baby's levels. However, rest is vital/ hot weather plays havoc and so does stress/ overdoing things.
Thyroid Australia have a website with links to other thyroid info. They seem to need membership to access complete articles but I do know that Raelene, director at Knox Private recently attended a conf run by thyroid Austraia re disorders during pregnancy so they should have some info or a name to refer to.
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Provides personal support, counselling, information and training. Aims to raise
awareness and interest in thyroid conditions.
I am interested what alternative treatment she is taking.
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