I just came across this interesting article that talks about how poor milk production in women with a history of thyroid dysfunction is likely related to low blood levels of thyroid hormone.
I had Graves Disease that was treated with radioactive iodine. So my hyperactive thyroid is now a hypoactive thyroid. I see an endocrinologist frequently and she's already increased my medication, Synthroid, twice so far in pregnancy (from 125 to 200; then 200 6x a week, 300 1x a week). Obviously I'll ask her about this at my next appointment. I just saw her recently, so my next appt isn't into January. But I wanted to ask you ladies a few questions:
1. Do your doctor need to adjust your medication AFTER birth?
2. How soon after birth did you have your blood tested for thyroid levels and/or see your endocrinologist?
3. What did I need to be aware of immediately after birth?
I've had my TSH levels get really out of whack twice. The first time was after the radioactive iodine before I was on Synthroid. My TSH got into the 30. I felt awful. I would shiver in any air conditioned setting even though it was the end of July. I was in Vegas on vacation and I had to go outside the casino to warm up. I also got light headed and dizzy every time I stood up. The last time my TSH got out of whack was when I first got pregnant. My endo didn't see me until I was 8 weeks along and my TSH skyrocketed to 21. Same cold intolerance as before plus my pulse was super low (like 62 and I'm not a marathon runner!!). So I just gave my DH a heads up to pay attention to those symptoms for me after birth. I think I'll be a little tired and I'll need someone else to help watch out for me. :)
Any other advice?