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Would-Be Moms Should Have Their Thyroids Checked, Experts Say
Pregnant women are susceptible to thyroid disease, says the Thyroid Foundation of Canada which is urging women contemplating pregnancy to visit their doctors to ask for a thyroid test. A recent study of 500,000 pregnant women, published by the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, found 15 percent had an underactive thyroid. Despite that, a survey done for the Thyroid Foundation of Canada indicates 79 percent of Canadian women were not told by their doctors about the importance of thyroid health when they were pregnant. And only 15 percent had their thyroid levels checked with a simple blood test when they were pregnant.