If you have a thyroid disorder prior to pregnancy it is essential to ensure that your thyroid function is at optimum levels prior to conception.
Sometimes thyroid disorders are discovered during pregnancy. This could be either an overactive or an underactive thyroid. In these cases there is an urgent need to assess and treat the problem.
The reasons for urgent action lie in the effects of altered thyroid hormones in causing a range of complications that could have an adverse effect in both the mother and baby. These include an increase in miscarriage rate, increase in developmental abnormalities in the baby and an increase in birth related complications.