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Pregnancy Bliss | Reproductive Health Hub

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Is thyroid storm dangerous?
Yes, and intensive and sustained efforts to control the symptoms and suppress the thyroid hormone are required. When appropriately managed, the condition is brought under control in a relatively short time.

Can hyperthyroidism cause excessive vomiting?
In a small proportion of women who suffer excessive nausea and vomiting in early pregnancy, hyperthyroidism is found to be the associated factor.

Control of the hyperthyroidism is usually followed by subsiding of the nausea and vomiting. Most mothers presenting with excessive nausea and vomiting in early pregnancy have normal thyroid function.

Can hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism occur for the first time after delivery?
Yes. There is a unique condition called postpartum thyroiditis. This is characterized by transient hyper­thyroidism with all the hallmarks of raised thyroid hormone. In a few days, this turns to hypothyroidism. That may take several months to clear up, as it does in over 90 per cent of affected patients. In a small minority, it remains permanently as hypothyroidism, requiring thyroid hormone supplements for life.

Does postpartum thyroiditis recur in subsequent pregnancies?
It might, but this is not always the case.

Last update: September 21, 2012

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