NHMRC: Pregnant women need an iodine supplement

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The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) today released a new recommendation that all women who are pregnant, breast-feeding or considering pregnancy take an iodine supplement of 150 micrograms each day.

... “Women wanting to conceive, or who are already pregnant or breast-feeding, need a minimum of 250 micrograms of iodine each day for the baby’s brain and nervous system development,” ...

“Australians now get more iodine in their diets following the mandatory fortification of bread last October, though it is still appropriate for women to supplement their diet with an additional 150 micrograms of iodine every day,” he said.

... “The body does not store iodine, so amounts taken in excess of the body’s requirements will simply be excreted by the kidneys.”

People with a known iodine deficiency, or who are concerned they may not be getting enough iodine, should consult their healthcare professional.

Melissa Maimann, Essential Birth Consulting 0400 418 448