Underactive thyroid ups pregnancy risks

Underactive thyroid ups pregnancy risks

Gestational diabetes and cesarean births more common in women with condition

By Nathan Seppa, 14:35 PM May 29, 2013

An underperforming thyroid gland can lead to pregnancy complications, a review of thousands of medical records suggests.

The thyroid produces a hormone that regulates how the body uses energy. Underachieving thyroids in pregnancy have been linked to preterm birth, but the full array of risk is unknown.

Pauline Mendola and colleagues at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development in Rockville, Md., analyzed records of more than 220,000 pregnancies from 2002 to 2008. Among ...

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