Can low iron during pregnancy cause hypothyroidism?
I am always on the lookout for news and updates on what’s going on in the world of hypothyroidism. Well. Today’s post brings light to a common problem during pregnancy, low iron. However, this low iron story is different. Normally low iron during pregnancy is pretty common, especially in the first trimester.
I can attest to this because when having my daughters I suffered low iron during pregnancy. But what makes this report different is how low iron is linked to thyroid dysfunction.
This comes from a recent article I read entitled “Pregnancy: Low Iron Linked to Thyroid Dysfunction?” In a Belgian study according to the article iron deficiency in pregnancy was linked with a significant increased risk of thyroid dysfunction aka hypothyroidism. In fact it’s a 57% increased risk factor. Currently doctors are not screening for thyroid functions in women with iron deficiency.
Pregnancy is hard enough but the added note of iron deficiency being a cause for hypothyroidism is something to pay close attention to. Since I was diagnosed with thyroid issues at an early age my physician was already monitoring my thyroid and hormone levels. I think about all of the new mothers who have low iron issues.
The symptoms associated with pregnancy are already a poster board for hypothyroidism in the first place. Tiredness and lack of energy are all common suites for being pregnant. If you never had issues before with your thyroid, you could potentially have another fight on your hands. Low iron levels just added one more concern to a full plate.
As with all my post my goal is to bring awareness to all things hypothyroidism. Now, I have to add low iron during pregnancy to the list to watch out for. Ladies if you’re pregnant, you already know to take your vitamins. But pay particular attention to your iron levels, not only for your baby but for yourself, and the health of your thyroid.