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  • Anonymous
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      I was diagnosed after the birth of my son. Found out later that I”d probably had the GD for quite a while. I had no GD related problems with my pregnancy. I did have premature contractions a few times and had to go to bed rest but in the scheme of things re: damage to the baby that was scary and a pain in the a– but ok for my son. I will say that since RAI I have only been able to get pregnant once and did have a miscarriage due to hypo , but that really was the fault of my endo for not monitoring me more closely. You do need levels checked more frequently and probably higher doses of thyroid replacement but as Jennifer says Pregnancy and GD can go together well . good luck Kendra

      Anonymous
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        I got pregnant in September 1995 and was told it was too much of a health risk to have my baby (my T4 level was 14.4), so I went ahead and had a D&C. Then in April 1996, I found out I was pregnant again (my T4 level was 17.6), but I finally decided to go ahead and go through with the pregnancy. I debated what to do so long that I actually never even got regular medical attention until mid-September. Anyways, I just found a good OB/GYN with experience with graves patients (he had 9 at the time including me). My pregnancy went alright. I had really bad morning sickness and some other stuff, but nothing that bad. I did lose weight (weigh 25 lbs less now than I did before I ever got pregnant). I did have a long labor but that was because I wasn’t dialating. I did have Stadol at 7 hours into labor and an epidural at 16. My baby boy was delivered at 8:16pm on December 16. He weighed 7 lbs, 14&1/2 oz and he is the joy of my life. He did take 22 hours to deliver. I was on 300 mg/day of PTU while pregnant and my baby was not affected. My delivery itself went fine. I did pass out twice while pushing and became exhausted to the point they used foreceps, but that did not affect him either. He is a healthy boy, growing everyday. He is very curious, wanting to look at everything. If I had known then what I know now, I would not have given up my first one. I with two mentally retarded brothers even have a high risk for birth defects, but as I said my boy is normal…Good luck with your baby and just take care of yourself. Rest and don’t overdo it. If you feel tired, sleep. I made the mistake of trying to do it all (keep my two jobs, etc), but I ended up getting the flu about 4 times between September and December. In late November, I got the flu so bad, I had to take maternity leave early and stay home resting until I had my baby. Take care of yourself!!!
        Robin

        Anonymous
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          Two things. Since you were talking about Free T4 levels do you happen to know what normal is? or is it different for everyone depending on height, weight, etc. I had a blood test done Wed for Free T4 and TSH and am anxiously awaiting the results.

          Second, I have been diagnosed with GD since March of 96. My husband and I have been trying to get pregnant for over three years. My endo said that this was more than likely our problem. We have waited until now to start having some additional tests to make sure everything else is okay, endo bx, hysterosylpingogram, sperm check, etc. all kinds of FUN stuff. And, actually this isn’t really a question I was just wondering if any of this happens to relate to you.

          Anonymous
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            Oops. . .you can click on the red Dianne N on THIS page! :)

            Anonymous
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              TO: Dianne N.
              Have been trying to send a reply for 30 minutes and it doesn’t
              seem to want to load. What/where is browser RELOAD button?
              Also, clicked on your name as you instructed and got a box that
              said MS Exchange Setting/Profile. Don’t know what to do from
              this point. Hope this message will load. HELP!!

              Anonymous
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                Hi MLC. . .I have Microsoft Exchange on my computer also, and don’t use it just because of the kinds of problems you mention. Anyway, when the profile box comes up, you should be able to select Microsoft Exchange Settings (if that doesn’t work, try again with a different one), press okay, and have your program open, with my email address already typed in. OR. . just open your mail program and use my email address that Bruce so kindly gave in a previous response to you. Still looking forward to hearing from you. Dianne N

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