Vitamin D

vitamin-d-deficiencyThere are so many reasons that vitamin D is good for you and for your baby.

Vitamin D is good for Moms to be:

  • Boosts your immune system
  • Increases bone density for you and the baby
  • Prevention of high blood pressure (PIH)
  • Prevention of  vaginal infections
  • Prevention of gestational diabetes
  • Lowers risks of Cesareans

Vitamin D is good for Newborns:

  • Boosts immune system
  • Fewer respiratory tract infections
  • May protect against the development of multiple sclerosis
  • Lowers risk of ADHD

How much Vitamin D3 should I take?

It is recommended a pregnant woman take 6,000 IUs of Vitamin D3 daily. One thousand IU of vitamin D sounds like a lot; in fact, it is only .025 mg or 25 micrograms; i.e., one mcg is 40 IU. It is almost impossible to over dose on Vitamin D, you would probably have to take 40,000 IU a day for a long time before reaching toxic levels.

When it comes to vitamin D, there’s a difference between “taking enough” and “getting enough.” That’s because even if you are taking the right amount of vitamin D supplements, your body needs to absorb it so that your body can use it. It’s most effective to take vitamin D with your largest meal. Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin and is best absorbed if taken with fats. So give your body a head start by including it with a meal — especially one that contains some fat.

Vitamin D can be absorbed from the buccal lining tissues in the mouth.  If you can’t bring up your vitamin D level with the supplements you are taking, try opening a capsule of dry vitamin D and let it dissolve under your tongue.

Vitamin D from the sun is a healthier choice

When we are in the sun, we naturally feel great. That is why we gravitate to the beaches, pools, golf courses, etc. Science shows, we can also increase our levels of vitamin D naturally and most efficiently when we are in the sun. Studies are revealing new evidence that monitored, regular sun exposure has many of benefits for our overall well-being. Now there are monitors that you can wear on your wrist that beep when you’ve had enough sun and before you burn. Get 15 minutes of sun each day in the late spring, summer, and early fall, and  from November to March take a supplement.

Food as a source of Vitamin D                                                                          vitamin-d-2

Good food sources of vitamin D include fatty fish such as salmon, especially the wild salmon, tuna, mackerel, mushrooms, eggs. Just a small 4-ounce serving of salmon offers us 265% of our daily recommended allowance of this critically important vitamin.

November 14, 2012. In an article published online on November 14, 2012 in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry, UK researchers recommend vitamin D supplementation for pregnant women as a protective measure against the development of multiple sclerosis (MS) by their children.

Vitamin D is Needed by Both Mother and Baby

September 2010
Feeding children vitamin D-rich foods and supplements after birth may be too late to ensure optimal bone health if mom’s intake was inadequate during pregnancy, researchers from McGill University in Quebec, Canada, report in the Journal of Nutrition.

“This study demonstrates the importance of vitamin D in bone health as well as the implications that a mother’s nutrient deficiency has a profound effect on her offspring during gestation and infancy,” wrote the researchers, led by Dr. Hope Weiler. “This study is highly suggestive that efforts to optimize maternal vitamin D status in pregnancy are needed along with maintenance in infancy rather than relying on postnatal supplementation to restore vitamin D status and bone mass.” Journal of Nutrition 140(9):1574-1581, 2010

It seems to protect women from high blood pressure. The latest word on this comes from the University of Michigan School of Public Health. Reviewing data on 559 women from records beginning in 1992 the research team found that those who were running low on “D” at the time were about three times more likely to have high blood pressure 15 years later.

Children of mothers who took vitamin D during pregnancy with resultant high levels of the vitamin in the umbilical blood have fewer symptoms of ADHD at the age of 2½ years.

Another vitamin D factoid, when mothers get enough Vitamin D, then babies get it in the breast milk.


Take vitamin D during pregnancy for your baby

Maternal vitamin D deficiency is associated with bacterial vaginosis in the first trimester of pregnancy.

Fewer symptoms of ADHD

Sun monitor

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