Increased appetite and weight loss
Puffiness of the face and hands
Nervousness and tremors
Thyroid gland swelling
The medication will be needed only during times of rapid growth.
The medication will be needed throughout the child’s lifetime.
The medication schedule can be arranged to allow for drug holidays.
The medication is given one time daily every other day.
Uses an electric blanket at night
Dresses in extra layers of clothing
Applies a heating pad to her feet
Takes a hot bath morning and evening
Slow pulse rate, weight loss, diarrhea, and cardiac failure
Weight gain, lethargy, slowed speech, and decreased respiratory rate
Rapid pulse, constipation, and bulging eyes
Decreased body temperature, weight loss, and increased respirations
There is no need to take thyroid medication because the fetus’s thyroid produces a thyroid-stimulating hormone.
Regulation of thyroid medication is more difficult because the thyroid gland increases in size during pregnancy.
It is more difficult to maintain thyroid regulation during pregnancy due to a slowing of metabolism.
Fetal growth is arrested if thyroid medication is continued during pregnancy.