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Thyroid Problems Can Lead To Dangerous Pregnancies

Researchers recently announced the results of a significant study that looked at the impact of thyroid disorders on pregnancies. Based on the data, hypothyroidism correlates strongly with a higher risk for several dangerous birth injuries, including preeclampsia.

Unfortunately, the researchers were unable to provide reliable conclusions on one particular important question: whether the higher rate of injuries involved caregiving mistakes or some aspect of the thyroid disorders.

Since thyroid disorders affect an estimated 4 percent of all pregnant women, this study is a serious concern for many Ohio mothers. The researchers believe that thyroid hormones play a significant role throughout the pregnancy-but especially during the early stages. 

The link between thyroid disease and preeclampsia is particularly disconcerting. Preeclampsia is a pregnancy complication that is often life threatening for both mother and infant. Doctors need to respond appropriately and immediately to prevent serious consequences. Based on this study, doctors may be able to plan for possible complications in advance-based simply on a diagnosis of thyroid disease.

Source: MedPage Today, "Thyroid Disorder May Mean Tough Pregnancy," Kristina Fiore, May 29, 2013

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