Half of all pregnancies in the U.S. are unplanned.
Women don't realize that they are pregnant and they need critical nutrients for their developing baby. B-vitamins protect against neural tube defects in the first 21 days and iodine protects the developing brain during pregnancy and after birth. One-third of pregnant women in the U.S. are marginally iodine-deficient.
Eating iodine-rich foods helps to provide the 290 micrograms of iodide needed daily for pregnant and breastfeeding women. Some need an additional 150 micrograms of an iodide supplement to reach the recommended level. The combined iodide intake should be between 290 and 1100 micrograms per day in the form of potassium iodide. I recommend XymoDine™, available from my office with a prescription.