Essential Ingredients

Iodine’s Impact on Pregnancy & Your Hormones

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What is Iodine?

Iodine is a trace mineral found in seaweed, fish, cranberries, and some dairy products. Many people get their daily Iodine intake through iodized salt, which is table salt that has had Iodine added for nutritional benefit.

What Iodine Does For You

Iodine is an essential component of thyroid hormones that play an essential role in regulating cellular metabolic activity. Thyroid hormones also play a vital role in the growth and development of most of your organs, especially your brain. Without enough Iodine, it is hard for your body to produce enough of key thyroid hormones, which can have an impact on your heart, liver, kidneys, and brain. *

When You Need Iodine

It all comes back to thyroid hormones. Imbalances in your thyroid hormones caused by low levels of Iodine intake can affect ovulation.*

Because pregnant women often try to eat less processed foods, their iodized salt intake decreases, which means many pregnant women need to increase their Iodine intake through a supplement.

What Iodine Does For Your Baby

Iodine is essential to your baby’s development because it supports thyroid hormone synthesis, metabolism, and nervous system development.*

Your need for Iodine doubles during pregnancy because your metabolic rate (controlled by thyroid hormones) increases a lot when you’re pregnant to support all the new cells that your body is creating. Similarly, your baby also has a growing thyroid that needs as much Iodine as your own thyroid because it too is trying to support very rapid cell growth. Your baby also needs to store Iodine to use after birth since there is little Iodine in breast milk and your baby’s body will still need Iodine for its rapid growth after birth.*

Ritual’s Form of Iodine

Essential Prenatal contains potassium iodide, a compact, well-absorbed, and stable form of Iodine. We prefer this form to kelp-derived forms; although kelp is a food, it can potentially carry environmental contaminants that we don’t want in our prenatal.*

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.