Wednesday, 22 May 2013


In the news today it has been reported that Iodine deficiency during pregnancy could be lowering the IQ of your unborn child. It was reported that iodine deficiency is common, affecting two-thirds of women.This just emphasises how important nutrition really is during pregnancy, remember, what you eat your baby eats! 

What is it, and why is it so important?

Iodine is a non metallic chemical. When consumed (not in it's pure form) into your body it helps to make thyroid hormones. These hormones help to keep your metabolic rate healthy. 

During pregnancy, it helps develop your baby's mental development. (You could be having the next Einstein. So eat wisely!) 

Adults need 0.14mg of iodine a day, If you think you're not getting the required amount the safest way to up your intake is by changing your diet.

Here are some examples of yummy food that contains iodine- 

  • white fish
  • oily fish
  • cows milk
  • nuts 
  • bread
  • cheese
  • eggs
  • yogurt

You can buy iodine supplements, but we advise against this. According to 
Dr Mark Vanderpump "If you take a supplement during pregnancy, the thyroid gets stunned and goes down. Taking a supplement during pregnancy may not be the best thing to do." (the rest of this interview can be found on

Please feel free to email if you have any questions. 

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