Pregnancy

Women with HE have been known to conceive and deliver healthy babies, however HE can pose special concerns 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 be helpful.

 

Last edited by Web Team on February 29th, 2016