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Why is iodine important in my diet during pregnancy?

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Dr. Padmavati Garvey
Obstetrics & Gynecology
28 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Padmavati Garvey
Dr. Padmavati Garvey
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Dr. Stevan Cordas
Pregnancy increases your iodine needs since there are two of you and your baby needs it also.
Dr. Jessica Allan
Internal Medicine

In brief: Prevent goiter

You do not want the baby or mother to become hypothyroid.

In brief: Prevent goiter

You do not want the baby or mother to become hypothyroid.
Dr. Jessica Allan
Dr. Jessica Allan
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In brief: For Baby Brain!

The fetus will suck up the iodine it needs for thyroid function.
The thing is, you would become iodine deficient with possible enlargement of the thyroid (goiter) and poor thyroid function (hypothyroid). If you were so iodine deficient that the fetus could not get enough iodine for itself there could be a risk of intellectual impairment known as cretinism.

In brief: For Baby Brain!

The fetus will suck up the iodine it needs for thyroid function.
The thing is, you would become iodine deficient with possible enlargement of the thyroid (goiter) and poor thyroid function (hypothyroid). If you were so iodine deficient that the fetus could not get enough iodine for itself there could be a risk of intellectual impairment known as cretinism.
Dr. Bruce J. Stringer
Dr. Bruce J. Stringer
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