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Perth Iodine and Pregnancy Study II

What is the study about?

Researchers at Curtin University are conducting a study to investigate the iodine status/health of Perth women during pregnancy and soon after giving birth.  It is known that iodine is essential for baby’s development but there is no information available on the iodine status of pregnant Perth women.  Iodine status will be determined by four methods – urine analysis, dietary intake, thyroid function test (blood) and breast milk analysis. This is the first study to explore this issue in WA and may provide recommendations for other pregnant women in Western Australia.

Who can participate?

Women less than 22 weeks pregnant are invited to participate.  Participants must also:

  • be at least 18 years of age
  • not have thyroid disease/problems
  • not be taking thyroid medications, and
  • not be currently breastfeeding

What does the study involve?

Participants will be involved in the study during pregnancy and until 6 weeks after the baby is born.  At four times during the study, participants will be asked to provide a urine sample and complete a brief dietary questionnaire.  Thyroid function will be determined via two blood tests and a sample of breast milk will be requested at 4-6 weeks after birth.  As a thank you for their time, participants will receive 2 gift vouchers (total value $30) during the course of the study.

Want to find out more?

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