Pregnancy Health Problems

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Dear Midwife,
Hi. I'm 28 and pregnant with my first child, which is due April 21st. About a month ago I had a virus with diarrhea, vomiting and fever. the doctor gave me antibiotics which lead to a yeast infection so I took Monistat 7 day. Before this virus I had a typical pregnancy with no problems, not even morning sickness. I am monitored carefully by my endocrinologist because I have had Hashimotos Thyroiditis since the age of 12. The doctor had had to increase my dosage since the beginning of my pregnancy.

But I have continued to have diarrhea several times a day since my illness. This in itself is uncommon for me because I have had chronic constipation all my life. I also have developed a bad taste in my mouth and have lost my appetite. At my doctor's appointment last week I was at my pre-pregnancy weight, but my doctor said the baby's heart beat is okay. Then last week I caught another virus/cold and was sick for a couple of days. Since then I have been having a rapid pulse (between 114 - 120), shaking a lot at night (which is definitely interfering with my sleep), getting very hot during the night, diarrhea, loss of appetite, and bad taste in my mouth. All of this sounded like my thyroid had become hyperactive, but the doctor ordered a new test two days ago and called today to say that wasn't the case. He said that the tests showed that my thyroid was even more under active then the last testing in November.

My OB doctor doesn't seem to be concerned about my symptoms and brushes them off....but they are very troublesome to me and I just want to feel better, A friend suggested that I try taking Benedryl last night and maybe it would help me to rest better. I was surprised at how much better I did feel after taking it. My pulse went down to 88 and I didn't feel the heart palpitations. When I woke up this morning my pulse was back up to 120, but about half an hour to an hour later it was back down in the 80's.

My question is: Is this normal in pregnancy? If not, do you have any idea what might be wrong with me? Should I change doctors to one that seems to listen to me more or would most doctors dismiss my symptoms? Any insight you would give me would be greatly appreciated, because I'm beginning to feel like I'm losing my mind.


It is hard for me to know what to tell you, because I do not know your whole history and haven't seen your chart. It doesn't sound like you should still be feeling quite so bad, but I would have to see you to figure out what to do next. I do think that you should make sure that all your symptoms are recorded in your chart, and if you feel any worse, you should ask to be seen when you are feeling bad. Hopefully, all of this will resolve soon. Good luck!

--Cynthia, CNM. PhD.

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