How Much Vitamin D Should You Take During Pregnancy?
If you keep up with health and nutrition, chances are you’ve heard of the various benefits that vitamin D supplementation can offer. OBGYN Dr. Gleaton evaluates vitamin D as it relates to pregnancy — how much, how often, and can there ever be too much?
By Dr. Kenosha Gleaton, Chief Medical Advisor, Natalist
If you keep up with health and nutrition, chances are you’ve heard of the various benefits that vitamin D supplementation can offer. With so many sources and conflicting information, it can be difficult to sort fact from fiction. Let’s evaluate vitamin D as it relates to pregnancy — how much, how often, and can there ever be too much?!
What is vitamin D, and why is it important during pregnancy?
Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin which means it is absorbed with dietary fats and is stored in fatty tissues of the body. Its role is to promote absorption of calcium from the gastrointestinal tract and facilitate normal bone development and growth. Various studies have also shown potential benefits including reduced autoimmune disease and hypertensive disorders.
Is vitamin D safe during pregnancy?
Vitamin D is safe and recommended during pregnancy. And while multiple studies conclude that vitamin D is safe in pregnancy, the ideal dosage, however, is a little less clear. Studies have reported that vitamin D is not only safe, but beneficial — especially for those with vitamin D deficiency and those with higher risks for pregnancy complications.
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