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The Role of Iodine in Pregnancy RSS

The Role of Iodine in Pregnancy

Did you know that iodine is an important part of a healthy pregnancy? A recent post by the World Health Organisation about iodine intakes while pregnant spurred us to write a blog post. Here we will outline five important questions, and their answers, regarding iodine intake during pregnancy.     1. Why is iodine important? Iodine is an essential mineral and a vital component of hormones produced by the thyroid gland, that are responsible for a number of important functions in your body. These include growth, metabolism, reproduction, nerve and muscle function, regulation of body temperature and blood cell production. During pregnancy, iodine is essential for foetal brain development. The developing foetus is dependent on the mother's supply of thyroid hormones, which are to...

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