Scleroderma and Hypothyroidism in Pregnancy Term Paper by Nicky

Scleroderma and Hypothyroidism in Pregnancy
A review of the research on hypothyroidism and scleroderma in pregnancy, based on an interview with this writer's sister.
# 149004 | 1,229 words | 5 sources | APA | 2011 | US
Published on Nov 20, 2011 in Medical and Health (General) , Women Studies (General)

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The writer explores how the conditions of hypothyroidism and scleroderma can impact the interviewee's planned pregnancy. The paper outlines the practical medical concerns that are relevant, including the necessary lifestyle and health habit changes and medication issues. The paper also considers the delivery and the possibility of a natural birth. The paper shows how she can safely attempt pregnancy provided she abides by several conditions.

From the Paper:

"For Jane, this effort will require further lifestyle and health habit changes though as a way of accommodating for pre-existent medical conditions. To the point, with the hypothyroidism which afflicts her, Jane must be prepared not just to undergo the regular doctor visits that are part of the pregnancy process. In addition, she must engage regular thyroid function checkups to ensure that the standard regimen of treatment for this condition remains effective. In this case, the hormone replacement therapy that is the traditional method of treatment is one which absolutely must be continued to the benefit and survival of the unborn child. As the article by Shomon (2006) indicates, "you must continue to take your thyroid hormone replacement (i.e., Synthroid, Levoxyl, Levothroid, Armour, Thyrolar) and it's extremely important that you do, now and throughout the rest of your pregnancy. You are your baby's only source of source of thyroid hormones at this point - your baby's thyroid gland isn't fully functional until after 12 weeks of pregnancy. If you don't have sufficient thyroid hormones, you are at an increased risk of miscarriage, and your baby is at increased risk of developmental problems." (Shomon, 1)"

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Dunkin, M.A. (2009). Doctor Says Newly Diagnosed Scleroderma Patients Should Avoid Pregnancy For Three Years. Scleroderma Foundation. Online at
  • EHealthMD. (2004). Hypothyroidism and Pregnancy. Medical Illustrations Copyright. Online at
  • Mathur, R. (2005). Hypothyroidism During Pregnancy.
  • Shomon, M. (2006). Thyroid Guide to Fertility, Pregnancy and Breastfeeding Success. Thyroid-Info. Online at
  • Walravens, M. (2008). Scleroderma. Chronic Inflammatory Connective Tissue Diseases. Online at

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