I have written in spurts about my Graves Disease in the past and you all have been with me as I got the diagnosis, made the treatment decision, underwent a total thyroidectomy and learned how to live without my thyroid so it only seems fitting I share about pregnancy and Graves Disease.
Pregnancy and Graves Disease are not normally associated together, in fact when I was seeking treatment for my Graves Disease I ended up leaving several doctors after they told me having more kids was silly and too complicated, I had 3 that was enough. Now notice they said complicated, not risky, not dangerous just complicated. Well when I finally found the doctor who led me down the path to my thyroidectomy she said more kids, ok we just need a plan, so much for too complicated.
Now not to make light of it there are some complications when you do not have a thyroid and are pregnant. During pregnancy the thyroid changes how much it produces, a lot, and without a thyroid you need to replicate those changes with your medicine. How? Lots and lots of blood draws. My last pregnancy was a trial run for figuring out my needed Synthroid dosages. I had my blood drawn almost every 2 weeks as we made lots of adjustments figuring out what my body needed. It was annoying, but not dangerous or risky for the baby.
This pregnancy we have a bit of a road map to follow and so far so good. I have been getting my blood drawn every 4 weeks although this last time it should have been 3. My husband and I have gotten very good at spotting the signs that say I have too much or too little Synthroid. For about a week I could not get enough sleep. I mean bed at 8 up at 6 mid day nap then 2 hour afternoon nap and back to bed at 8 and still I was tired all the time. After having my blood drawn it was no surprise to find I needed to increase my Synthroid dosage. Only a day into my new dosage I felt so much better. While in the throws of the exhaustion it was hard for me to distinguish if it was pregnancy tired or more, thankfully my observant husband saw it as more, he was right.
All this to say there will need to be adjustments and monitoring but I am so happy with how smooth it has been being pregnant post total thyroidectomy with Graves Disease and I wish all doctors told the possibilities and were not so negative about pregnancy.
Now many of you know my pregnancies get complicated but my other complications have nothing to do with my Graves Disease I am just one of the lucky ones who gets pregnancy induced hypertension, yay me!
Right now I am a little over 15 weeks an counting down until we found out if our girls streak continues or if a boy will join our family, can’t wait 5 weeks to go!