While most nutrients in circulation increase during pregnancy, hemodilution may cause Vitamin D concentrations to decrease as early as 10 weeks gestation. Therefore, most pregnant women have low Vitamin D blood levels.
Can low vitamin D affect pregnancy?
Inadequate vitamin D can lead to abnormal bone growth, fractures, or rickets in newborns. Some studies link vitamin D deficiency to a higher risk of pregnancy complications such as gestational diabetes, preeclampsia, preterm birth, and low birth weight, but more research is needed to confirm these links.
How much vitamin D does a pregnant woman need?
The independent health policy group the Institute of Medicine recommends 200 IU to 400 IU of vitamin D a day for everyone, including pregnant women, but this recommendation is under review. Revised guidelines are expected late this summer.
Which vitamin D is best for pregnancy?
We recommend Nordic Naturals Vitamin D3 (1000 IU per soft gel) in the natural form cholecalciferol form. The carrier oil is organic, extra virgin olive oil and they come in small, soft gels that are very easy to swallow. We also recommend Nordic Naturals Prenatal DHA with added vitamin D3 (400 IU per 2 soft gels).
Is 2000 IU of vitamin D safe?
Nearly all vitamin D overdoses come from supplements. The Institute of Medicine’s Food and Nutrition Board’s old 1997 recommendations suggested that 2,000 IU per day of vitamin D is safe for adults and that 1,000 IU per day is safe for infants up to 12 months of age.
Can I take vitamin D while pregnant?
Vitamin D in pregnancy
You need 10 micrograms of vitamin D each day and should consider taking a supplement containing this amount between September and March. Vitamin D regulates the amount of calcium and phosphate in the body, which are needed to keep bones, teeth and muscles healthy.
When should I start taking vitamin D in pregnancy?
All pregnant women should take a 10 microgram (or 400 IU) supplement of vitamin D each day. This will give your baby enough vitamin d for the first few months of life. This guidance is strongly recommended through autumn and winter and advised in spring and summer.
Can too much vitamin D hurt a baby?
Vitamin D toxicity in infants is not uncommon, and has been reported as early as the 1930s, usually due to antirachitic treatment with very high doses of vitamin D.
Can low vitamin D cause a miscarriage?
Vitamin D deficiency during pregnancy is linked to adverse outcomes, including preeclampsia, insulin resistance, gestational diabetes, increased risk of infections, preterm labor, and recurrent miscarriage.