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Thyroid Problems (cont.)

Goiter in Pregnancy

It is common for a goiter to enlarge slightly during pregnancy. It is more common when the mother lives in an area of iodine deficiency. In the United States, the average intake of iodine is adequate but can be low if someone avoids consumption of milk, eggs, and iodized salt. Not all prenatal vitamins contain iodine, but it is recommended that only prenatal vitamins that contain iodine should be used during pregnancy. If a thyroid nodule is found during pregnancy, new recommendations are not to wait until the end of pregnancy, but to arrange for an evaluation and possible biopsy as soon as possible.

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