I need some advice about pregnancy
Hi everyone, I need some advice about pregnancy and TSH levels and would love to hear your thoughts. (Sorry about the length of this post!)
3 months ago I discovered I have Hashimoto’s. My TSH was 3.7 and TPO was around 400 (T3 and T4 were perfect). I immediately changed my diet and lifestyle (AIP, vitamins, more sleep, reduce stress etc). I was planing on trying to get pregnant and I was hoping that I will be able to reduce my TSH levels naturally (it should be lower than 2.5 when you get pregnant). For a while it looked like it was working and my TSH dropped to 2.7 after 2 months but on my last test it went back to 3.1. I understand my body probably needs more time to heal and it’s fine but I don’t want to keep waiting with this pregnancy.
On my last pregnancy (gave birth 15 months ago) my condition was probably the same but went undiagnosed (had 2.9 TSH just before I got pregnant but wasn’t aware of the 2.5 rule at the time and had 1.9 on the 8 weeks test which is normal so my doctor didn’t keep monitoring it). I had a normal, easy pregnancy and gave birth on week 40 to a healthy baby boy.
In my first pregnancy I got pregnant right away (first month trying) so now is probably a good time to start taking the thyroid hormone. I should probably add that I’m very specific with what I put in my body (especially now) and I don’t like taking meds. My question is: considering all the above, do you think I should start taking the hormone before I get pregnant or should I get pregnant first and then carefully monitor my levels throughout the pregnancy and start the hormone when it’s necessary?