Hormonal risks In pregnancy occur when hormones are out of balance. Hormones are essential for normal body function. This is even more important when a woman is pregnant. With diabetes, which is called gestational diabetes during pregnancy, there are higher risks for mother and child and these are discussed under this link.
Thyroid problems in the mother is not uncommon during pregnancy. If it occurs an endocrinologist and obstetrician should be consulted. Thyroid hormones cross the placental barrier. Treatments for the hyperthyroidism in the pregnant woman can cross into the fetus as well and cause hypothyroidism in the fetus. Radioactive therapy for pregnant patients has to be postponed until after the delivery and alternative medicine is given instead. For treatment of hypothyroidism thyroid replacement is given and blood tests of TSH are used to guide in the dosing. Newer studies indicate that a TSH level of more than 2.5 in a pregnant woman probably indicate mild thyroid failure (Dr. Hertoghe Ref.25). In the same lecture Dr. Hertoghe stated that a stressed mother or a mother that smokes will have a child with a life-long adrenal gland insufficiency (Addison’s disease).
Prolonged hyperbilirubinemia (=neonatal jaundice) is often associated with congenital hypothyroidism (Ref.25).
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