Sometimes having a thyroid problem during pregnancy can come from iodine deficiency. There are reasons why you become deficient with iodine when you are pregnant.
Normally you would need 150mcg a day for proper thyroid function. But when you are pregnant or breastfeeding you need up to 290mcg a day for proper thyroid function.
But on average we are not consuming enough iodine for the needs of our thyroid. This is why you will see most prenatal supplements have about 150mcg. When you are pregnant it is important to make sure you get the correct amount of iodine in addition to your prenatal.
When you are breastfeeding it is super important to continue taking your prenatal so you have enough iodine. If you are not getting enough iodine you can experience hypothyroid symptoms.
Some High Iodine Foods
- Hard-Boiled Eggs
- Turkey Breast