Iodine is an essential nutrient required by all humans, that is required by the thyroid to produce the hormones.  During pregnancy the thyroid becomes very active, producing approx. 50% more thyroid hormones than usual, as these hormones are vital in the development of the nervous system and brain of the foetus and babies. It is also essential for the development and growth of red blood cells, bones, hair, skin and nails.

It is then extremely important that women who are pregnant or breastfeeding get the right amount of iodine.

What foods should I eat to get iodine?

The main food sources of iodine include seafood, fortified bread, and dairy, however, most foods in Australia contain only small amounts of the trace mineral due to processing practices and seasonal changes.  So knowing that women who are pregnant or breastfeeding have naturally increased nutritional requirements, and the likelihood that they won’t reach their daily quota of iodine consumption through diet alone leads us to the recommendation that these women top up their iodine intake through supplementation.

What is the right amount of iodine?

The National Health and Medical Research Council recommends that pregnant women consume 220 micrograms (µg) of iodine per day, and those that are breastfeeding need an increased amount of 270 micrograms (µg)/day.  Expecting mothers can ensure they are getting the recommended amount by combining iodine-rich foods with high quality, iodine supplementation.

 

What happens in iodine deficiency?

Iodine deficiency can cause a multitude of diseases/conditions depending on the severity of iodine depletion. Medical disorders/conditions that may result from iodine deficiencies include:

  • Goitre
  • Mental retardation
  • Delayed brain development
  • Increased infant and maternal death during pregnancy and when birthing
  • Hypothyroidism

It is therefore important to take precautionary action in order to obtain sufficient amounts of iodine during pregnancy, breastfeeding and infancy to prevent these conditions from potentially occurring. If you don’t think you are getting enough iodine from food (to be sure, we recommend you speak with your health care practitioner to check your iodine levels), then supplementation should be considered.

 

Which supplement can I take?

There are many pregnancy supplements on the market these days, and thus it can be confusing and overwhelming trying to figure out which one is right for you!  Firstly it’s important to always check with your health care practitioner before commencing ANY new vitamin or mineral supplementation, especially if you already take other medicines or vitamins.

It’s also important to look at what ingredients are actually in the supplement, the quantities of the ingredients and if they meet Australian Standards for safety and efficacy. Otherwise, you could be wasting your money on a product that claims to benefit you, but really is filled with sub-standard ingredients, doesn’t contain enough of those ingredients to have a positive health effect on the body and may potentially have been processed in a way that makes it unsafe for consumption (not something you want to muck around with when you’re growing a baby!).

At Kissun Pharmaceuticals, we recommend Mum-2-B-Gold. Developed by Pharmacists, Naturopaths and Health Care Professionals to provide essential nutrients to women prior to and during pregnancy. Its strong safety record and TGA/GMP manufacturing process in Australia has guaranteed a premium product, which is tested and compliant with strict Australian Standards.  

Before and during pregnancy formula MUM-2-B Gold: A Research-Based Formulation

Mum-2-B Gold is a quality pregnancy supplement that has been specifically formulated to provide 12 vitamins, 8 minerals and essential fatty acids necessary for maternal and infant health, including 220 µg of iodine (the recommended daily amount for pregnant woman). As we know, iodine is required for adequate thyroid function which is essential for normal foetal development and infant’s normal cognitive development. Literature highlights the re-emergence of iodine deficiency which may have adverse consequences, particularly during pregnancy.

A recent study displayed that 60% of pregnant women surveyed had low iodine levels. A national Iodine Nutrition Study also highlighted that over 50% of Australian children had low iodine levels.

You can see what other vitamins, minerals and micronutrients Mum-2-B-Gold will provide you here.

Are pregnancy supplements safe?

As we mentioned, the purity and safety of supplements should be something all mothers-to-be look into when choosing a supplement.

Mum-2-B-Gold guarantees a product that is virtually free of the unhealthy by-products that result from over-processing or improper handling:

  • Trans Fat
  • Peroxides
  • Oligomers
  • Free Fatty Acids
  • Conjugated Dienes
 
Mum-2-B-Gold  also has the lowest levels of environmental pollutants in the industry:

  • PCBs
  • Dioxins
  • Pesticides
  • Retardants
  • Dioxin-like PCBs
  • Heavy Metals
  • Brominated Flame
 
 
 

In summary…

Research suggests many pregnant women do not receive adequate amounts of iodine during pregnancy or whilst breastfeeding, and therefore increasing iodine-rich foods and choosing a pregnancy formula that includes the recommended daily amount of iodine (plus other essential nutrients) is recommended for optimal pregnancy outcomes.
 
 

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