Are you currently 13 weeks pregnant or less?
Iodine is an essential nutrient – meaning that we need to get it from our diet. Getting enough iodine in pregnancy is important because the baby’s brain is growing quickly and relies on iodine from the mother. In Australia, the government requires that salt, used to make bread, is fortified with iodine to ensure that our population does not become iodine deficient. Pregnant women have the greatest need for iodine and the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) advises them to take iodine supplements as well, on top of the iodine women receive from their diet and fortification.