Pregnancy and Thyroid⎥Hypothyroidsm and Hyperthyroidism

Adjusting thyroid medication when planning for pregnancy

Dr. Angela M. Leung is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine and an endocrinologist at both UCLA and the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System.  After pursuing her undergraduate studies at Occidental College, Dr. Leung completed her internal medicine residency and endocrinology fellowship training at Boston University School of Medicine. She also studied at the Boston University School of Public Health and obtained a master’s degree in Epidemiology.  Dr. Leung has particular clinical and research interests in thyroid disorders, and she also sees patients regarding parathyroid and adrenal disorders.  She has published widely and lectures frequently on thyroid disease, including hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism, thyroid nodules, thyroid cancer, and thyroid disease during pregnancy.

In this episode, the following topics are explained:

  • Optimizing thyroid health prior to conception
  • Thyroid issues that affect pregnancy
  • Hypothyroid as result of surgery or Hashimotos
  • Hyperthyroidism and pregnancy
  • Adjusting current thyroid treatment, meaning optimizing thyroid levels by adjusting dosage of thyroid medication
  • TSH levels in light of pregnancy
  • Planned pregnancy usually means a dose increase
  • What happens if someone does not get treatment during pregnancy?
  • Hypothyroidism and the fetus
  • Brain development for the fetus
  • Lower IQ scores and hypothyroid in pregnancy
  • CATS study from UK and Italy
  • Iodine and pregnancy
  • Iodine intake prior to pregnancy
  • Armour thyroid and pregnancy
  • Concerns regarding animal derived thyroid replacement
    TSH levels

NOTES

Dr. Angela Leung

CATS study: Maternal Perchlorate Levels in Women With Borderline Thyroid Function During Pregnancy and the Cognitive Development of Their Offspring: Data From the Controlled Antenatal Thyroid Study

American Thyroid Association

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