What are key nu­tri­ents for would-be mums?

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is im­por­tant when try­ing to con­ceive. Dur­ing preg­nancy, iodine is needed for nor­mal brain devel­op­ment in the foe­tus, and even sub­clin­i­cal hy­pothy­roidism due to iodine de­fi­ciency in the mother can lead to ir­re­versible brain dam­age.

Iodine is found in seafood, sea­weed and iodised salt. Not all salt is iodised, so it’s im­por­tant to check the la­bel. Dur­ing preg­nancy, you need about 1.5 times the amount of iodine an adult nor­mally re­quires, and the Min­istry of Health rec­om­mends tak­ing an iodine sup­ple­ment daily. You only need a small amount of iodine each day to meet your needs. If you have any pre­ex­ist­ing thy­roid con­di­tions, it’s es­sen­tial that you con­sult with your qual­i­fied med­i­cal pro­fes­sional be­fore sup­ple­ment­ing iodine.

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A few nu­tri­ents are very im­por­tant if you are plan­ning a preg­nancy.

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