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Which Pregnant Women Need Thyroid Tests?

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There is a debate over which pregnant women need thyroid tests during pregnancy.

Quest Diagnostics says a quarter of pregnant women get blood tests to check for thyroid problems and 15-percent have an underactive thyroid.

Doctors say a hormone pill helps treat serious cases but for women with mild forms treatment may not make a difference.

Studies show pregnant women with an underactive thyroid may have an increased risk of miscarriage and give birth to babies with lower IQs.