Thyroid changes are very common during pregnancy and postpartum. Women with HG often have thyroid disease or genetic thyroid abnormalities that may contribute to the severity of HG. She may need to be evaluated by an endocrinologist (a doctor specializing in care of glands such as the thyroid), especially if she has tested abnormally for thyroid levels in the past or during pregnancy. Interpreting results during pregnancy can be difficult. Mothers treated for thyroid disease/dysfunction during pregnancy, should notify their pediatricians. Some infants born to moms with thyroid disease have imbalances as well.
Women with untreated thyroid disease may be at greater risk for depression after delivery. Testing is done by a simple blood test and should be considered for women who have HG and postpartum depression.
Updated on: Apr. 18, 2013