Chloe is a 25 year old pregnant woman. While at work, she began having trouble breathing, concentrating and there was swelling in her face.
Suddenly, she has a seizure and her coworkers call 911 and she is rushed to the hospital.
The doctor runs blood tests to measure TSH levels and came to a diagnosis:
The tests show low levels of of Thyroxine and high levels of of TSH which indicate an inactive thyroid.
Your thyroid is in your neck, it secretes growth and developmental hormones. When it stops working, we call this hypothyroidism and in extreme cases like yours, myxedema. Your thyroid releases T3 and T4 hormones which regulate temperature, metabolism, heart rate, when these are low the pituitary gland releases TSH to raise T3 and T4 levels.
How did I get this?
It can be caused by an autoimmune condition, removal of the thyroid, radiation therapy, medications like lithium and amidarome, iodine deficiency or in your case pregnancy.
Will this hurt my baby?
No, hypothyroidism is most common in women over the age of 19. It is a condition usually treated with synthetic hormones such as levothroxine.