Molly Sims's 85-lb Pregnancy Weight Gain Was Because of This Common Condition

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While most pregnant women aren't thrilled to share the amount of weight they gained during pregnancy, this hot mama is spilling the beans for a good reason. Supermodel Molly Sims reveals that her 85-pound weight gain was the result of an undiagnosed thyroid condition. Yikes!





Sims, who is pregnant with her third child, shared with People that she and her doctors were attributing her weight gain and exhaustion while expecting her first child (son Brooks) to her pregnancy. But it turned out to be a bit more complicated. 

"With my first pregnancy, I ended up gaining 85 lbs and had a bad thyroid problem that no one diagnosed throughout the whole pregnancy until four months later," the hot mama told the weekly mag. 

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Sims, pictured above with her hubby in 2012, says she found it difficult to lose the weight after her son was born. No doubt!

That sounds extreme, right? So, just how common is it to have thyroid problems during pregnancy? And are they commonly not diagnosed?

CafeMom spoke with Sherry Ross, MD, OB/GYN and Women's Health Expert at Providence Saint John's Health Center in Santa Monica, California, to find out. 

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"Thyroid disease is very common in women, in general. Usually, though, there's no recommended thyroid testing when you first get pregnant," explains Ross, who adds that in her practice, expectant moms do get checked for TSH (thyroid-stimulating hormone), but it's not a standard, across-the-board procedure.

What will the TSH levels reveal? If these levels are abnormally high, you may have an under- or overactive thyroid. 

Hyperthyroid is more common, occurring in 1 in 500 pregnancies, while hypothyroid (or underactive) happens in 4 out of 1,000 pregnancies, Ross explains. 

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Many women discover they have the conditions before they become pregnant because they have symptoms, such as weight gain or loss, irregular periods, or feelings of being either hot or cold.

Ross suggests that all women be tested for possible thyroid issues before conception, regardless of the presentation of symptoms, as untreated issues could cause complications to arise for both mother and child.

"An extreme weight gain puts a mother at risk for diabetes. It could also mean a bigger baby, which could mean a C-section, as well as high blood pressure," she says.

The doctor advises checking thyroid levels every six weeks during pregnancy to accommodate for hormonal changes in pregnancy.

If an expectant mom does have a thyroid issue, medication is both safe and effective, notes Ross, who adds that postpartum checkups are also extremely important to avoid complications as a result of the disease. 

We're glad Sims is aware of her condition now and wish her a safe delivery! 


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