Assisted Delivery More Common for Moms with Low Thyroid Levels

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Otherwise healthy moms with low thyroid levels during the final weeks of pregnancy face an increased risk of abnormal fetal presentation and of requiring assisted delivery ...

Women whose babies presented in the normal anterior position at birth had significantly higher free thyroxine levels than women whose babies presented abnormally ... They were also more likely to have a spontaneous delivery ...

... " ... this is the first study showing an association between maternal FT4 concentration during late gestation and cephalic fetal head position in healthy pregnant women with normal thyroid function," ...

Earlier research had attributed abnormal fetal presentation to improper rotation during labor, but more recent research suggests it's a failure to rotate at all that may cause the abnormal presentation.

Thyroid dysfunction is associated with poor obstetrical outcomes, including abortion, stillbirth, preterm delivery, and even neonatal arrhythmia.

Abnormal fetal presentation occurs in up to 25% of congenital endocrinological syndromes ...

Low thyroid hormone levels influence muscle tone and neurological reflexes, which, in turn, influence motor skills. The researchers hypothesized that low thyroid levels could influence fetal motor skills and ability to navigate the birth canal ...

Melissa Maimann, Essential Birth Consulting 0400 418 448