During pregnancy a woman’s body goes through so many changes that sometimes she has the early symptoms of a disease and she does not even relies it. This is why you should keep a daily journal to take with you when you go to your doctor’s appointments. Write down the symptoms that you experience each day and what you did to relieve them.
With a detailed journal to refer to, you and your doctor will be able to recognize patterns of symptoms and eliminate certain causes without painful or expensive testing. Your doctor will be armed with the information they will need to correctly diagnose the cause of the symptoms while diseases like hypothyroidism are in their earliest stages.
Hypothyroidism symptoms in pregnant women and the risks of ignoring them
Having lower than normal amounts of the thyroid hormone and iodine while you are pregnant may cause you to have increased weight gain. Increased weight gain means that you will have a harder time delivering the baby.
You could develop a condition known as myxedema which causes severe swelling in your legs, ankles and around your internal organs like your heart and lungs. This condition can be deadly.
Lower than normal thyroid hormones can cause birth defects in the infants of the mothers that do not have the condition treated. Many of the fetuses of women that do not treat this condition do not make it to be full term and are born prematurely. A large number of these infants die inside the womb.
Hypothyroidism symptoms in pregnant women that is common or vague
The common symptoms of this condition include the following:
- Being extremely tired all of the time. This can be hard to spot because pregnancy also causes fatigue. Write down each day that you are fatigued and grade it on a scale of one to ten with ten being the highest.
- You may be intolerant to cold temperatures. When others think it is only cool you may feel as if you are freezing.
- You may become constipated. Keep track of your bowel movements in your journal so the doctor can see any patterns and recognize what the symptom is telling them.
- Your skin may become very dry and even scaly.
- Your fingernails may become brittle and be easily broken
- You may have muscle pain and weakness that you cannot explain
- You may become depressed with no real apparent reason
- You may extremely moody and irritable
- Your hair may begin to get thin or start to shed more than normal
- The thyroid gland in your neck may start to become enlarged to the point that you can feel it
Hypothyroidism symptoms in pregnant women that should cause you to call your doctor
Be sure that you contact your physician if any of the following symptoms occur:
- If you lose weight without trying to do so
- If you run a fever that is above 101 degrees Fahrenheit
- If you develop a cough
- If your skin is swollen or you begin to have a rash
- If you have pain or redness in your muscles or joints
- If you have the chills
- If you feel extremely weak
Hypothyroidism symptoms in pregnant women that require immediate treatment
Immediately go to the emergency room if any of the following things occur:
- If you lose consciousness or have a seizure
- If you do not feel the baby move as normal
- If you have chest pains or experience difficulty breathing
- Severe diarrhea
- Your water breaks
- You are bleeding from the vaginal opening
- Any of the signs and symptoms worsen