Can you help us find out the ideal amount of iodine needed in pregnancy for baby’s brain development?
Who can take part?
- Pregnant women who are less than 13 weeks into their pregnancy
Why are we interested in iodine in pregnancy?
Getting the right amount of iodine in pregnancy is important for baby’s brain and nervous system development. Since 2009, iodine has been added to some of our food and pregnant women are also advised to take a supplement containing iodine. Recent studies suggest that some women get enough iodine from the food they eat and may not need the amount of iodine that is contained in common prenatal supplements. The South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) is working with colleagues around Australia to find out the optimal level of iodine supplementation for pregnant women who already have an adequate iodine intake from the food that they eat.