This is more a question about hyperthyroidism than diabetes, but I know they often go hand in hand, so here goes. I just found out that I have hyperthyroidism. I'm wondering if any of you have gone through pregnancy or breastfeeding while on antithyroid meds. (I'm currently breastfeeding and starting to think about #2). Also wondering if you have found that hyperthyroidism affects your blood sugar control. I think it is the reason I've been seeing my insulin needs increase recently.
If anyone would like to share their experiences, I'd love to hear them.
SS, you must be hypothyroid. Synthroid is apparently safer than the drugs for hyperthyroidism.
After doing some internet reading, I see that postpartum hyperthyroidism is fairly common and sometimes not permanent. I'll see an endocrinologist on Wednesday, so we'll see whether he thinks this is permanent for me or not.
I have both diabetes and hyperthyroid. Have had Type 1 diabetes since 1995 and hyperthyroid since 2005. I was taking PTU for hyperthyroid during my 1st pregnancy and I also exclusively breastfed for 12 months while taking PTU. It didn't harm my baby at all she is strong and healthy today at 4 years old! I'm pregnant with #2 now and still taking PTU, no problems at all! Uncontrolled hyperthyroidism did affect my blood sugars but that was when I didn't know I had it, once they discovered it and put me on the PTU my blood sugars went back down and was well controlled again. I hope that helps!
Thanks, Carolyn. That's good to hear. It turns out I do have Graves', and my endo put me on methimazole, because of the small risk of liver failure with PTU. He assures me it's fine to take while breastfeeding, but my daughter's pediatrician isn't so sure... they did say they'd put me on PTU when we start trying for the next baby. But I wonder if I should just go ahead and take PTU now.
Yeah I would say start PTU now if you are planning on having another. The risk of liver failure is sooo small and my doctor said that such a small amount is passed to the baby that it wouldn't affect the baby at all.
I guess I'll stick with the methimazole for now. I haven't even gotten my period back yet, so it will be awhile before we start thinking about #2.