A change in guidelines was recommended by a study presented at the recent Endo 2012 conference. Researchers discovered that even mild thyroid dysfunction doubled the possibility of low birth weight, miscarriage, and premature labor, and the risk of stillbirth was found to be seven times greater. Study author Jubbin Jagan Jacob, M.D. said, “Our conclusions are that all pregnant women need to be screened for thyroid dysfunction at their first visit.” Traditionally, only women with symptoms of thyroid problems were tested, so this recommendation is a major change of procedure. One thousand pregnant women took part in this study.
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