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False Negatives: Hypothyroidism and Pregnancy

By    |   Thursday, 05 May 2016 07:13 PM

Hypothyroidism, or the underproduction of thyroid hormones, is a health condition many women deal with during pregnancy, and it requires special treatment and consideration for the health of both mother and baby.

One issue women may wonder about is whether hypothyroidism can cause a false negative on a pregnancy test. Many women have reported on online health question boards that they suspect their early pregnancy tests may have come back negative even though they are showing symptoms of pregnancy, and are wondering if the results have anything to do with hypothyroidism.

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Experts do not confirm this theory, with most not even addressing it as an issue. On the HealthTap forum, Dr. Kitturah Schomberg Klaiss clearly states that no, the presence of hCG (the hormone produced during pregnancy) in the bloodstream is not impacted by low levels of thyroid hormone or by thyroid medication. 

Women with hypothyroidism who become pregnant or think they are pregnant should see their doctors right away for a blood test to confirm the pregnancy. Hypothyroidism that is not properly treated during pregnancy can cause developmental delays in the baby, low birth weight, and even miscarriage or stillbirth in some cases, according to Pregnancy Corner.

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With treatment, however, pregnant women with hypothyroidism can have healthy, normal babies. Frequent testing of thyroid hormone levels and adjusting medications as necessary will prevent problems from developing. Thyroid medication poses no risk to the developing baby and will keep the thyroid functioning normally so that it can do its part in helping the baby develop, says the National Institutes of Health.

Pregnancy Corner notes that women who have hypothyroidism and are considering becoming pregnant can also test their thyroid levels before becoming pregnant to ensure that levels are healthy for the baby right from the start. Care must be taken to ensure that thyroid medication will not interact with iron supplements or other medications or supplements women may be taking during pregnancy, but this can be managed easily by taking the medications at the prescribed times.

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