Are Pregnant Women Getting Enough Iodine?

A study out of Scandinavia has found the diets of pregnant women do not contain enough iodine.

On average, these expectant Nordic mothers only obtained fifty percent of their daily recommended allowances.

Iodine plays a critical role in the neurological development of the fetus.

Due to the metabolic changes associated with pregnancy, micronutrient deficiencies are quite common (as pregnant women require more nutrients), especially in developing nations where parasites, illnesses and shortages are the norm.

The nations of Scandinavia are highly developed, so this study illustrates nutritional deficiencies can happen to anyone, anywhere.

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As you will see, two or three daily servings of BarleyLife, along with a healthy diet can help fill common dietary gaps that may occur during pregnancy.

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Folate/Vitamin B9: 

Regular Recommended Daily Amount (aged 30): 400 mcg 

Recommended Daily Amount for Pregnancy (aged 30): 600 mcg. 

In its synthetic form, folate is known as folic acid. Food is often fortified with folic acid to prevent birth defects.

BarleyLife Provides: 10 percent RDA folate per serving.

Riboflavin /Vitamin B2: 

RDA: 1.1 mg 

Pregnancy RDA: 1.4 mg 

Riboflavin helps with energy and provides antioxidants. It has also been linked to lower levels of preeclampsia. 

BarleyLife Provides: 2 percent per serving

Vitamin A: 

RDA: 700 mcg 

Pregnancy RDA: 770 mcg 

Vitamin A is essential for the mother’s immune system during pregnancy, and it also plays a key role in fetal development. A lot of doctors recommend that no artificial vitamin A supplements be taken during pregnancy. 

BarleyLife Provides: 25 percent per serving from a natural food source.

Vitamin B6:

RDA: 1.3 mg

Pregnancy RDA: 1.9 mg Vitamin B6 may help with morning sickness.

BarleyLife Provides: 4 percent per serving.

Vitamin B12:

 RDA: 2.4 mcg 

Pregnancy RDA: 2.6 mcg 

B12 deficiency can lead to higher homocysteine levels, often associated with preeclampsia, low birth weight, premature birth and other complications. 

BarleyLife Provides: 2 percent per serving.

Vitamin C: 

RDA: 75 mg

Pregnancy RDA: 85 mg 

Vitamin C may reduce the oxidative stress linked to preeclampsia.

BarleyLife Provides: 6 percent per serving.


RDA: 1,300 mg 

Pregnancy RDA: 1,300 mg 

Although calcium requirements do not increase, several studies have noted an inverse relationship between calcium intake and the risk of pregnancy-induced hypertension.

BarleyLife Provides: 2 percent per serving.


RDA: 425 mg 

Pregnancy RDA: 450 mg

It is theorized that chromium could play a role in preventing or alleviating gestational diabetes, but there isn’t any scientific evidence for this theory at this particular point in history. 

BarleyLife Provides: 6 percent per serving.


RDA: 150 ug 

Pregnancy RDA: 220 ug 

” …iodine deficiency [during pregnancy] is now accepted as the most common cause of preventable brain damage in the world.” –Linus Pauling Institute

BarleyLife Provides: 2 percent per serving.


RDA: 18 mg 

Pregnancy RDA: 27 mg 

Iron is needed for the development of the fetus, for the creation of the placenta and for red blood cells for increased oxygen delivery. The demand for iron is so high that forty-two percent of women develop anemia during pregnancy. (The number is higher in developing nations). Low iron can also lead to a low birth weight. 

BarleyLife Provides: 4 percent per serving.


RDA: 310 mg 

Pregnancy RDA: 350 mg 

Magnesium is important for natural, normal fetal development and low magnesium levels have been linked to premature birth.

BarleyLife Provides: 2 percent per serving.

Source: The Linus Pauling Institute, USDA,