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Is iodine safe for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding?

Is iodine safe for  women who are pregnant or breastfeeding?

Yes: An adequate amount of iodine intake is essential for thyroid function. A pregnant woman has higher iodine requirements. ...Read more

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Dr. Theodore Davantzis
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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more


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Is it safe to take polyvidone iodine while pregnant or breastfeeding?

Is it safe to take polyvidone iodine while pregnant or breastfeeding?

Yes: For minor skin cuts you can use povidone iodine. However, you should check with your doctor to determine if that is the best treatment. ...Read more

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Is povindone iodine vaginal pessaries safe to use at 39 weeks pregnancy. What are the side effects to fetus and any alternative for it. ?

Is povindone iodine vaginal pessaries safe to use at 39 weeks pregnancy. What are the side effects to fetus and any alternative for it. ?

No.: Betadine should be avoided in pregnancy because it can affect the maternal and fetal thyroid glands and cause complications from that. Do not use betadine pessaries in pregnancy! ...Read more

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Why is iodine important in my diet during pregnancy?

Thyroid problems: The thyroid is a gland that controls every aspect of our bodies including that of the developing fetus. The thyroid needs iodine to function properly. ...Read more

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What risks are associated with persons having iodine radition and pregnant women?

What risks are associated with persons having iodine radition and pregnant women?

Precautions: Presumably you are supposed to get radioactive iodine (rai) and there is a pregnant woman in the family. There are guidelines which you will be given, and it depends on the dose. For about 5 days, you need to keep your distance from her, about 6 feet. As if you have the flu and don't want to spread it. Sleep in different bed. Check out http://www.Thyroid.Org/radioactive-iodine/. ...Read more

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Can pregnant women trying to increase their iodine intake eat seaweed?

Can pregnant women trying to increase their iodine intake eat seaweed?

Yes but not a good i: Seaweed has very high levels of iodine so i would recommend your prenatal vitamin as a better source of iodine because of the risks of getting too much from seaweed. ...Read more

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I just realized that my vitamin doesn't have iodine or choline and i'm 15w3d pregnant. What can I do to compensate for this time not taking it?

I just realized that my vitamin doesn't have iodine or choline and i'm 15w3d pregnant. What can I do to compensate for this time not taking it?

Not an issue: I am not sure where you are getting your information. You can simply buy any over the counter or prescription prenatal vitamin which will have more than enough of anything you need. You could also just add more fruits and vegetables to your diet. Folic acid is important before and the first few weeks of pregnancy. After that vitamins have a very limited role. ...Read more

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Low intake of iodine through 17 weeks of pregnancy. Can i pick up the pace from now on or is the damage to my baby done? Prenatal vits don't have it.

Hmmm?: This is unlikely to be a concern unless you are taking medications that affect iodine metabolism (ie certain anti-arrhythmics). Salt is also iodized, people that eat a regular diet in america are rarely iodine deficient. A truly iodine deficient person will have low thyroid hormone and possibly an enlarged thyroid gland as well. ...Read more

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I live in NZ (iodine-deficient soil), 6 weeks pregnant, hypothyroid, take 100mcg levo a day and have been advised not to take iodine. Is this right?

Good question: It is usual practice to monitor thyroid levels and increase Levothyroxine dose - typically we expect an increase of 50% - this will take care of maternal needs however NZ does have low iodine levels http://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/preventative-health-wellness/nutrition/iodine and iodine supplementation is typically recommended in pregnancy and breastfeeding for foetal and infant development. ...Read more

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4 months pregnant with graves' disease, would surgery or radio iodine be a good option? As medication is not improving the illness.

4 months pregnant  with graves' disease, would surgery or radio iodine be a good option? As medication is not improving the illness.

Graves pregnancy: Radioiodine is not used in pregnancy. It will destroy the baby's thyroid. Usually medications (ptu (propylthiouracil) (propylthiouracil) preferred) and surgery if necessary. Care has to be taken not to damage the baby's thyroid from high doses of ptu (propylthiouracil). If surgery is to be done, it should be during the 2nd trimester. You should be seen by a high risk pregnancy specialist. ...Read more

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I had papilliary carcinoma removed feb. 11, 2012 during my second trimester of pregnancy. Still haven't done iodine treatment.. Is it to late?

Sounds okay: This should be okay after baby is born. Double-check with your physician. Glad that nasty little thing is out of your neck (thyroid, correct?). ...Read more

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I've cut my finger while cutting beetroot, i washed my finger with alcohol and put some iodine, shuold i worry of infection now? Pregnant 37 weeks

I've cut my finger while cutting beetroot, i washed my finger  with alcohol and put some iodine, shuold i worry of infection now? Pregnant 37 weeks

No: Keep and eye on the area and if it becomes red, hot, tender and painful, swollen or shows a discharge that looks like pus, see a doctor. Otherwise it should heal ok. ...Read more

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Radioactive iodine uptake scan, should I go to work after? Am a food service clerk. How long should I stay away from pregnant daughter and toddler .

Only scan and uptake: Hi. If all you had was scan and uptakes, you don't have to stay away from anyone or anything. The isotope used for scan and uptakes is 123-I, and is completely harmless to your thyroid (or anyone else's). If you were treated with 131-I after the scan and uptakes, that isotope is harmful to the thyroid, but doesn't come out of your skin! You can work and be around others. It comes out in your urine ...Read more

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I am 10weeks pregnant and my TSH is o.04..Is this normal, and I am using multivitamins which contains 150mcg iodine do I have to change my vitamins?

I am 10weeks pregnant and my TSH is o.04..Is this normal, and I am using multivitamins which contains 150mcg iodine do I have to change my vitamins?

Tsh: It can be falsely low in early pregnany do to b-hcg. A repeat would be good but a low TSH would mean hyperthyroidism, usually associated with high pulse, sweating, anxiety increases, ; i doubt that's your problem but the thyroid hormone levels can be directly checked. Good luck, it's gonna be fine. ...Read more

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What to do if I have graves disease and I am going to get radiation iodine therapy soon when can I get pregnant?

What to do if I have graves disease and I am going to get radiation iodine therapy soon when can I get pregnant?

6-12 months : Wait at least 6 months, preferably a year. You not only want the radiation gone, you want your thyroid hormone levels normal before you conceive. ...Read more

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My doctor prescribed folic acid with vitamine B and iodine for all pregnancy. Is the duration OK or it's too long?

My doctor prescribed folic acid with vitamine B and iodine for all pregnancy. Is the duration OK or it's too long?

Prenatal nutrition: Folate deficiency can cause neural tube defects and folic acid supplementation can prevent them. The ACOG does not currently endorse the prenatal-supplement recommendation of iodine, advising instead that women get their iodine through dietary sources. If having a well-balanced diet, vitamin B routine supplementation is not recommended. ...Read more

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Im 10 weeks pregnant. Dad has radio iodine therapy aftr thyroidectomy. How long should I stay away from him? Any other precautions taken for me?

How long ago ?: In first trimester should not take any chance for radiation exposure . Commonly used I 131 is pretty safe , it has half life of about 8 days in wks pretty safe for normal people , with in few days. It also depends how far away are you from patient ( your dad ) close contact is needed , hospital will releases only if public safety is not compromised . Speak to his doctor for precautions ...Read more