Debate Over Who Needs a Thyroid Check In Pregnancy

Quest Diagnostics dives into hidden women's health issue as part of community wellness project
Jan 17, 2012 10:30 AM ET

Debate over who needs a thyroid check in pregnancy

The Associated Press reported on a study by scientists at Quest Diagnostics on hypothyroidism in pregnancy.   Check-ups during pregnancy tend to focus around the waist. But there's growing debate about which mothers-to-be should have a gland in their neck tested, too.   Numerous studies since 1999 have found that an underactive thyroid can raise a woman's risk of miscarriage, premature birth, or a lower IQ for her baby — even if it's so mildly sluggish that she feels no symptoms. Read more.      About Quest Diagnostics
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