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Thursday, May 29, 2014

Iodine For Pregnancy

If you currently live in an area without iodine in your water, and you consume salt without extra iodine, it is now thought you may be deficient in iodine. In Pregnant and breast-feeding women should take a supplement with adequate iodide, as recommended by the American Thyroid Association, according to a policy statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics. The statement, published in the June 2014 issue of Pediatrics, also recommends this to be sure that women are not low in thyroid hormone during their pregnancy which can affect your child's brain development. Especially since we have been removing salt from processed foods, women have lost one of their important sources of iodine, and as many as one third of women may in fact be deficient in iron during pregnancy and breast feeding. If you take a supplement it should contains 150 ug of idodide, but check with your gyno to be sure your choice of supplement is safe. The level of iodine in your body can be tested by testing the urine. Although no guidance has yet been issued from ACOG since 2012, when it was their position that there was no medical evidence for supplementation, this may in fact change. Some of the researchers argue that  vegan women are more at risk for iodine deficiency, and probably should be tested. Speak to your birth provider now to discuss your nutrition in context with your thyroid and iodine health.

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