Australian research shows that 50 % of pregnant women are iodine deficient, which can affect the development of the foetal brain and lead to lower intelligence and learning difficulties.
Last week (June 1–7) was Thyroid Awareness Week and is a good opportunity to consider your iodine intake.
The Australian Thyroid Foundation recommends iodine supplements for all pregnant and lactating women. Iodised salt is also recommended in the daily diet of the general population.
Ask your GP about the benefits of iodine.
Please note this information was correct at time of publication.
For up to date information, speak to your doctor.