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.
How much vitamin D should I take pregnant?
Daily doses of 4000 units/day are recommended for treatment in pregnancy. The use of lower doses of vitamin D, as contained in most prenatal calcium preparations (100-800 IU) cannot be condoned in symptomatic patients, or in those with documented low levels.
Can I take vitamin D while pregnant?
All pregnant women should take a 10 microgram supplement of vitamin D each day to give your baby enough vitamin D for the first few months of life. Breastfeeding mums should take a vitamin D supplement as well. Do not take more than 100 micrograms of vitamin D a day as it could be harmful.
Is too much vitamin D bad for pregnancy?
The problem of excessive vitamin D intake during pregnancy is linked to the risk of hypercalcemia in the foetus, which is not a minor disease. The highest daily dose evaluated in pregnancy is 4,000 IU/day.
What does vitamin D do to a fetus?
Vitamin D invests in the well-being of your baby by supporting healthy bone development. Deficiency with vitamin D is also related to preeclampsia.
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.
What happens if vitamin D is low during pregnancy?
Adverse health outcomes such as preeclampsia, low birthweight, neonatal hypocalcemia, poor postnatal growth, bone fragility, and increased incidence of autoimmune diseases have been linked to low vitamin D levels during pregnancy and infancy.
When should you start taking vitamin D in pregnancy?
Vitamin D in pregnancy
You should take 10 micrograms (400 IU) of vitamin D a day between October and early March to keep your bones and muscles healthy.
Can vitamin D cause birth defects?
There is no evidence that vitamin D supplements in early pregnancy are linked to birth defects in the baby. Small numbers of mothers receiving higher dose vitamin D have also not shown that this causes birth defects in the baby.
Can you take vitamin D and folic acid together?
No interactions were found between folic acid and Vitamin D3. This does not necessarily mean no interactions exist. Always consult your healthcare provider.
Are there any side effects when taking vitamin D?
Some side effects of taking too much vitamin D include weakness, dry mouth, nausea, vomiting, and others. Taking vitamin D for long periods of time in doses higher than 4000 IU (100 mcg) daily is possibly unsafe and may cause very high levels of calcium in the blood.
Is 6000 IU of vitamin D too much for pregnancy?
To attain optimal levels of vitamin D (probably at least 100 nmol/L, pregnant or not!) a dose of 4,000-6,000 IU per day (i.e. 10 times Blair’s suggested dose!), or greater, would be more appropriate, and still safe.