I have Graves' Disease (which is usually manifest as hyperthyroidism) but fortunately, like many autoimmune diseases, it goes into remission during pregnancy (goes crazy again afterward, but that's another story!) Anyway a few of us were talking about thyroid issues here before - there's another mama with Graves' here and we were comparing notes about extra monitoring, etc. during pregnancy. I'm seeing a perinatologist for consults and extra tests, etc., because I'm considered moderately high-risk despite my levels being normal right now (evidently there's an increased risk of problems with the baby because of tithyroid antibodies of Graves', even if the hormone levels are normal). Anyway, they always scare me, but thankfully all my kids have been perfectly healthy so far! I agree to the extra monitoring just to be safe, though, since it's really not anything invasive. However, my new doc wants to induce me at 39 weeks (or at least at 40, doesn't want me to go overdue) so I'm currently researching that on my own & planning to get a second opinion.
Originally Posted by ma_vie_en_rose
It is suspected that I may have hyperthyroid issues. I have a heart condition, but I started having major palpatations when I got pg. My bloodwork is normal, but they found nodules on my thyroid when they did an u/s on it. I can not do the iodine uptake test until after the baby comes. I am scared it is hyper and I won't be able to BF. The hope I have right now is that the palpatations have really subsided. It could just be pregnancy related and not thyroid.
Even if you are hyperthyroid, there's no reason you can't BF!! I've been hyperthyroid for years and I've been BFing one or two kids for almost 6 years straight! The drug that I take when I'm overactive, PTU, if safe during pregnancy AND lactation.
I've always refused the iodine, both the tests and the treatments that use it - I've never been willing to stop BFing or avoid getting pg when there are other tests that can tell you the same thing, and other treatments that work just fine for now. When my childbearing and nursing years are over, I might consider it then. That's just me personally though - my mother has Graves' as well, and she chose to have the iodine.