Increased iodine awareness needed in pregnancy

Eighteen months after NHMRC advice on iodine supplementation was released, researchers from Monash University conducted a cross-sectional study of 200 adult women in the third trimester of pregnancy in Gippsland, Victoria.

The recently published findings showed 46% of the women were not taking the recommended 150ug per day of iodine and only 18.5% believed they needed a supplement.

Twenty-six per cent of women used regular table salt daily and 19.5% iodised salt.

Aust NZ J Obstet Gynaecol 2014; online 16 Mar