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I lost my baby to Hypothyroid

hypothyroidism, miscarriage, pregnancy loss,

Miscarriage trauma

People take hypothyroid very lightly. I have met scores of people who say, “I have thyroid but I am fit. I don’t need to take any medication.”

I feel like shouting at them, “What has fitness got to do with your medication?”

Thyroid is like a termite, not seen from outside but wastes the body from inside. My whole family has hypothyroidism, so really there was no escaping it. I suddenly got it when I was 26. My weight was increasing, my feet were swollen and there were cramps in my legs. I really didn’t think much about it unless I visited the family physician once along with my mother. He took one look at me and suggested, “Get your hypothyroid profile done today.” And as he had suspected, I had hypothyroid. And so started the little round pill every morning on an empty stomach, without fail.

I got my hypothyroid tested every 3 months, though there were hardly any fluctuations. Then I conceived. And I was on top of the world. But never the one to forget tiny details, I asked my family physician if I should get a thyroid test done and change the medicine strength that I was pregnant.

He didn’t feel the need for it. It was still early; only 5 weeks. He asked me to get it done once I got the baby’s heart beat. But little he or I was to know that I would never hear my baby’s heart beat. My baby had stopped growing in my womb and needed to be aborted. I had a gnawing suspicion that something was not right. Though it was not necessary, I got my thyroid test done and the results were mind blowing. The thyroid level had shot up to 5 times the normal score. I was stumped. No wonder my baby didn’t survive.

Though my doctor advised, “Don’t go into finding the reasons. There might be numerous things which might have caused it.”

But I didn’t believe. A woman is a mother the moment she discovers she is carrying a child. It was difficult for me to let go so easily. Somehow I knew my hypothyroid was the culprit. If only the doctor had listened to me then, if only I had been stubborn enough to get my tests done earlier. If only…but life had to move on and couldn’t stop forever on ‘if only’.

So the next time I came to know I was pregnant. The first thing I did was get my thyroid test done. And before even meeting my gynaecologist who would have confirmed the pregnancy, I ran to the physician. My thyroid levels were up and so the dose was to be adjusted too. Thereafter, every month I got the thyroid test done and visited the doctor who adjusted the dose accordingly.

Hypothyroid is not to be taken lightly. Firstly, a woman might find it hard to conceive if her thyroid level is not corrected. Secondly, even after conception, she needs to religiously take her thyroid hormones or there might be a pregnancy loss. Also thyroid medication not properly taken during pregnancy might affect the physical and mental development of the fetus. And you wouldn’t want that, would you?

6 Comments

  1. I am so very sorry for your loss. There are many who are unaware about the devastation that can come from thyroid hormone imbalance. There is an advocacy group called ThyroidChange.org which is working to improve the treatment of thyroid disease and help to educate other patients. Thank you for sharing your story!

    • Thanks Michelle for commenting. It’s true that many people are unaware of the lurking dangers of Thyroid. More so in India where the awareness is the minimum.

      Thanks once again! 🙂

  2. I also have family members with this disease, as well as myself-and I have also suffered a miscarriage due to my thyroid hormone imbalance as well. I am sorry for your loss, I know what you are going through. Thank you for sharing

    • Thanks Aja for your kind words. And I am sorry too for your loss. In pregnancy, we can’t be alert enough though we try our utmost to save the child. That’s what I have learnt. But after that accident, I try to spread the awareness as much as possible. Thanks once again.

  3. This is such an important (Topic); there needs to be more outreach regarding it’s importance.

    • I agree with you Jessie. It’s an important topic, and still not many know about it! Thanks for reading and commenting!

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