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During pregnancy, you may experience various complications and conditions that require medical supervision and appropriate treatment. Miscarriage or pregnancy loss in one of the first 20 weeks is a problem in about 15% of the registered tasks. Find out with Barza about the link between miscarriage and thyroid conditions in pregnancy, and how you can prevent pregnancy loss with revolutionary prevention methods!
Risk factors and symptoms in miscarriage
Experiencing an abortion can be emotionally difficult, but it’s important to remember that if you’ve taken care of yourself and your pregnancy, you shouldn’t blame yourself.
Typically, the signs that predict an abortion are vaginal bleeding and discharge of tissue, abdominal and back pain.
Specialists explain that various genetic abnormalities may occur in the foetus, which are not ‘inherited’ from the parents. If you are pregnant, it is important, however, to know that the risk of abortion is higher:
- in women over 35;
- those who have experienced two or more consecutive abortions in the past;
- in women suffering from chronic diseases;
- those who smoke, drink alcohol or take drugs.
Another risk factor could be the mother’s weight. We are referring either to obesity or to a weight well below normal, which can make it difficult to carry a pregnancy to term.
There are therefore some situations where abortion may be the consequence of a mother’s condition. We recall here the cases of:
- undiagnosed gestational diabetes ;
- untreated intimate infections;
- uninvestigated cervical problems;
- thyroid disease not treated on time.
The thyroid plays a crucial role during pregnancy, as thyroid hormones are necessary for the normal development of the brain and nervous system of the foetus.
How thyroid conditions can hinder the development of pregnancy
Untreated or incorrectly treated hypothyroidism can increase the risk of premature birth, pre-eclampsia, anaemia and neurodevelopmental problems in the foetus.
Autoimmune thyroiditis (Hashimoto’s disease or postpartum thyroiditis) can cause fluctuations in thyroid hormone levels. If these conditions are not treated properly, complications can arise during pregnancy, such as: pregnancy stopping progressing or premature birth.
How to quickly detect thyroid disorders (TSH)
As a pregnant woman, it is important to detect and treat any thyroid conditions early.
A very helpful tool is the rapid test for thyroid disease. This is a specific test that is easy to do at home at any time of the day. It detects thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) levels in less than 10 minutes in a drop of blood. An elevated value of this hormone indicates slow thyroid function (hypothyroidism). If you get a positive result, you should contact your doctor.
Regular monitoring of thyroid hormone levels and appropriate treatment, if necessary, can help maintain healthy thyroid function during pregnancy and prevent associated complications.
What you can do to prevent an abortion
Unfortunately, it’s not just up to you. But what you can do is take care of your health and go to the doctor for tests, both prenatally and during pregnancy, periodically or whenever you feel something is wrong.
It’s important to know that even if you have had an abortion, you can still have a perfectly healthy pregnancy afterwards. Very few women (less than 5%) experience two consecutive abortions.
You should also know that movement (light exercise, walking) and sexual contact cannot cause abortion. On the contrary, they are beneficial for a good general condition and excellent tone.
Have you read about Complications and Conditions in Pregnancy – Ectopic Pregnancy, Molar Pregnancy and Abdominal Pain and Vaginal Bleeding?