What are the risks of thyroid disorders in pregnancy?

 

It is estimated that around one in 20 pregnant women will develop an underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism) during pregnancy.12

Most women are unaware that they have this condition because the symptoms are similar to the changes in the body due to pregnancy, such as weight gain, fatigue, and leg swelling.12,13

Weight gain

Fatigue

Leg swelling

References: 12. Fast Facts For Your Health. Thyroid Disease and Women. National Women’s Health Resource Center. Red Bank, NJ.2006 13. Stagnaro-Green A et al. Guidelines of the American Thyroid Association for the Diagnosis and Management of Thyroid Disease During Pregnancy and Postpartum. Thyroid. 2011.