Iodine Supplements are Vital in Pregnancy
About half of the pregnant women in Australia today are not getting enough Iodine in their diet, according to the latest research.
Iodine is an essential element used to make thyroid hormone which regulates the body’s metabolism and is vital for normal brain development of newborns. Thyroid hormone is made in the thyroid gland located in the front of the neck. Insufficient iodine can lead to brain damage in the unborn baby, resulting for example in learning difficulties and a lower IQ. According to the World Health Organisation, iodine deficiency is the world’s greatest cause of preventable intellectual disability in children!
Iodine deficiency in pregnancy can also cause miscarriage, premature birth, stillbirth and goitre (swollen thyroid) in the mother. The average Australian diet contains about 130mcg (micrograms) of iodine per day, although a healthy adult needs 150mcg and 250mcg is needed in pregnancy and lactation.
Do you need to supplement with iodine?
Women who are trying to conceive or who are pregnant or breastfeeding should take a daily iodine supplement of at least 150mcg. Many pregnancy supplements have no iodine or very little, so chose your product carefully.
Three (3) sources of Iodine for pregnant women:
- Iodised salt – replace the salt you use with iodised salt, which is now added to most bread.
- Food rich in iodine – good sources of iodine are seafood, dairy products and eggs.
For healthier pregnancy and childbirth preparation read further information about hypnobirthing