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Old 01-02-2013, 12:01 PM   #1
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I'm 16 weeks pregnant today. I got in touch with one of the nurses last week regarding some overwhelming symptoms that I've been having for a few weeks now. Mainly being very very tired, way more tired in my 2nd trimester then I was in my 1st trimester. I'm ALWAYS cold, but sweat a ton at the same time. I've also gained way to much weight (15lbs at 16wks) Sometimes I gain as much as 3lbs in a few days! It's craziness. I exercise like crazy, I am spending more time exercising then I am with my kids. Its getting frustrating. I eat a very healthy vegetarian diet. But yet I keep gaining no matter what I do. Its all in vain. I'm to the point where I'm getting depressed with myself. I'm trying so hard to control this weight issue and I can't. Its so out of control. I feel so gross. I'm starting to obsess over it. Sometimes I don't even want to eat because I know it will make me gain, even if its healthy!!

My dh says my hands are always freezing, to the point where he doesn't even want me touching his bare skin lol. It doesn't matter how much sleep I get, I still feel like I hit a wall around noon time. My eyes are always heavy. I was getting constipated a few weeks ago but started to do green smoothies in the morning which has helped, but I know if I wasn't doing them I'd be all kinds of backed up.

My local doctors office did a thyroid check back in Sept, it was RIGHT before I got pregnant. I had them fax that to the OB's office and just got a call from the nurse saying the doctor said it was normal and that I can discuss my weight issue at the next appt (4 weeks away) she obviously forgot about the other symptoms I've had because she said "if the symptoms start to get worse and you feel like you are fatigued..." I told her I am VERY fatigued and named all my other symptoms. She said she would run it by the doc at some point and call back and see if she will sign off for another thyroid check. I just feel awful. I'm moodier then I've EVER been during pregnancy. I'm sometimes a royal bag to dh. I know this crap is making me depressed, Ive dealt with depression before and know the feeling and its starting to feel that way this past week.

I feel as if they office isn't taking me seriously. I told the nurse the last draw was before I was pregnant and that pregnancy normally triggers mine to act up, but she said the doctor knew that and wanted me to wait. If you google hypothyroidism you can read the stuff that it can cause, it can cause babies to be delayed if untreated and the 2nd trimester and 3rd trimester is the worse time for it to happen. I really just want to cry. This makes me to mad. I work so hard at being healthy and I just feel like I'm so unhealthy at this point.
I'm honestly thinking about just paying for a thyroid check out of my own pocket just to see if something is going on..can I do that??
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Old 01-02-2013, 12:19 PM   #2
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Can you have your other Dr.(the one from Sept.) order you a blood test.
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If it was your thyroid more then likely it will test fine during a pregancy - almost all autoimmune problems (like thyroid) will act normal during a pregancy... So, right now even if you had a thyroid problem before pregnancy it will more then likely test normal beacuase it is working normal.

I would get a differant doctor who could explain to you why it would be pointless to test for a thyroid problem during pregnancy since yours did not help!

What about problems with Pre E? Sometimes weight gain can be because of that... How is your salt intake? If it is to high you could be retaining water.
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If it was your thyroid more then likely it will test fine during a pregancy - almost all autoimmune problems (like thyroid) will act normal during a pregancy... So, right now even if you had a thyroid problem before pregnancy it will more then likely test normal beacuase it is working normal.

I would get a differant doctor who could explain to you why it would be pointless to test for a thyroid problem during pregnancy since yours did not help!

What about problems with Pre E? Sometimes weight gain can be because of that... How is your salt intake? If it is to high you could be retaining water.
My thyroid always played up during Pregnancy. I am hypo and had to have my meds up several times with each pregnancy.
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My thyroid always played up during Pregnancy. I am hypo and had to have my meds up several times with each pregnancy.
Yep same here. My meds need increased during pregnancy. I'd have your thyroid checked again.
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If it was your thyroid more then likely it will test fine during a pregancy - almost all autoimmune problems (like thyroid) will act normal during a pregancy... So, right now even if you had a thyroid problem before pregnancy it will more then likely test normal beacuase it is working normal.

I would get a differant doctor who could explain to you why it would be pointless to test for a thyroid problem during pregnancy since yours did not help!

What about problems with Pre E? Sometimes weight gain can be because of that... How is your salt intake? If it is to high you could be retaining water.
That is not true! I have a thryroid problem and mine happens to be autoimmune. It doesn't just fix itself while I'm pregnant.
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That is not true! I have a thryroid problem and mine happens to be autoimmune. It doesn't just fix itself while I'm pregnant.
Really - my sisters does It is the only time she is okay. My understanding and readings were it was like RA - which goes away when pregnant. Everyone must be differant!
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Really - my sisters does It is the only time she is okay. My understanding and readings were it was like RA - which goes away when pregnant. Everyone must be differant!
There's a good chance of auto immune getting better during pregnancy but it stays the same for some and gets worse for others. I have RA and mine has flared up pretty badly during this pregnancy
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There's a good chance of auto immune getting better during pregnancy but it stays the same for some and gets worse for others.
Yup, it really differs from person to person. My friend, for example, is type 1 diabetic, but while pregnant has awesome blood sugars and needs very little insulin. I, OTOH, have ITP and being pregnant causes my platelets to go much lower than when I'm not pregnant.
Not pregnant, I average 90-100. By the end of my last full-term pregnancy I was down to low 50s.


OP - yes, vision loss/problems is common with diabetes. I would be getting an appt much sooner than 4 weeks away and bringing up all these symptoms, along with telling the Dr that there's a family history of diabetes.
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Re: Is the OB office not taking me seriously?

I'd try to find another OB. One that is willing to see you when you want to be seen and is willing to take you seriously. We know our bodies and we know when something is off. I'd call again and insist on seeing him now. If they won't make an appointment then start calling around to other OBs. Another option is to go into Emerg. Say you've been feeling funny and been very tired.
How is your iron intake? Maybe up that a bit.
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