Many pregnant and breastfeeding women in the U.S. may be lacking iodine in their diets, which is an essential element for their babies’ brain development.
As consumption of processed foods has increased, so has the level of iodine deficiency, with about one-third of pregnant women in the U.S. being deficient.
Pregnant and lactating women should take supplements that contain adequate levels of iodine; but only about 15 percent of this group does so. Adequate iodine intake is needed to produce thyroid hormone, which is critical for brain development in children.
Special guest, Dr. Jerome A. Paulson, shares information on how you can ensure your child is healthy and develops to his or her full potential.