preventive screenings

Mamas on Bedrest: Hypothyroidism in Pregnancy

June 19th, 2013

It’s video Wednesday! In today’s video blog, I answer the question,

“Should screening for hypothyroidism be a mandatory/routine part of prenatal testing?” 

In this video, I review the common causes of hypothyroidism in pregnancy, the effects of hypothyroidism on maternal health and on fetal growth and development. Personally, I think that prenatal screening for hypothyroidism should be a mandatory part of prenatal screening. It’s an inexpensive test, simple to do and yields pertinent information. While “evidence based medicine” doesn’t deem it cost effective, My personal opinion is that the potential consequences make these relatively inexpensive tests worthwhile.