Written for www.physiciansweekly.com by Alex Stagnaro-Green, MD, MHPE
Senior Associate Dean for Education
Department of Medicine and Obstetrics/Gynecology
George Washington University School of Medicine & Health Sciences
Financial Disclosure: Alex Stagnaro-Green, MD, MPH, has indicated to Physician’s Weekly that he has no financial disclosures to report.
The effects of pregnancy on the thyroid gland are profound. The gland is required to produce a 50% increase in thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3). While a healthy thyroid should respond well to pregnancy, women with limited thyroidal reserve or iodine deficiency who become pregnant can develop hypothyroidism. Read full text »