Thyroid disorders during pregnancy are big news lately. I have 3 stories about this topic. Some of the news is out of Europe, but I am always happy when studies are done on thyroid function and how to keep the thyroid healthy.
Thyroid disorders during pregnancy and the problems that can occur are being linked to low iron levels. Iron deficiency during the first trimester of pregnancy is common and associated with a higher prevalence of thyroid autoimmunity and higher thyroid-stimulating hormone and lower free thyroxine levels, recent published data show.
Iron deficiency can increase the risk for thyroid disorders and puts women at risk for miscarriages and preterm birth, according to the researchers.
Kris Poppe, MD, PhD, of the department of endocrinology, University Hospital CHU-St-Pierre in Brussels, and colleagues evaluated data on 1,900 women who attended the obstetrical clinic of the University Hospital CHU St-Pierre from 2013 to 2014 to compare the prevalence of thyroid autoimmunity and dysfunction during the first trimester of pregnancy in women with and without iron deficiency.
You can read more on Dr. Poppe’s findings here:
Iron Deficiency Can Affect Babies’ Brain Development
Pregnant women have to produce sufficient thyroid hormone for the full development of the babies’ brains. Such brain development is entirely critical in the first three months, studies say. What happens then if there is not enough thyroid hormone?
A third of pregnant women have iron deficiency, putting them at increased risk of having a thyroid disorder and suffering complications such as miscarriages and preterm births. These are the conclusions of a new study published today in European Journal of Endocrinology.
You can read this story here:
New Research on Newborn Thyroid Screening
Screening for a serious congenital condition may fail to identify newborns at risk of poor reading and numeracy skills in primary school, world-first research suggests.
The results could support lowering the threshold for diagnosing babies with congenital hypothyroidism.
Here’s the full report: