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Pregnancy

It is important to note that not all persons who develop HE/SREAT have or will develop autoimmune thyroid disease. While both conditions often co-exist, there is still not a clear link between thyroid antibodies and HE/SREAT.

Women with HE/SREAT have been known to conceive healthy off-spring, it can be a special concern for pregnant women. The thyroid antibodies that are present in elevated numbers in HE/SREAT mothers can cross the placenta.

“Of the 31 studies evaluating miscarriage, 28 showed a positive association between thyroid autoantibodies and miscarriage.”

Association between thyroid autoantibodies and miscarriage and preterm birth: meta-analysis of evidence
Thangaratinam, et al.
BMJ 2011;342:d2616
http://www.bmj.com/content/342/bmj.d2616

The website, Hypothyroid Mom, has a blog post dedicated to information about thyroid antibodies in pregnancy with some additional citations which may be of interest to those concerned about HE/SREAT and pregnancy.

For expectant mothers who have a diagnosis of HE/SREAT, as well as autoimmune thyroid disease, this general information about autoimmune thyroid disease may prove helpful.

 

Last edited by Web Team on February 29th, 2016

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