Pregnant Women May Need 10 Times More Vitamin D Than Previously Thought

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As if there weren't enough recalls out there already, the medical industry may soon recall its recommendation for the amount of vitamin D a pregnant woman should get.

A new study says pregnant women may benefit from as much as 10 TIMES more vitamin D than the current recommendation.

Hurry, run for the sun!


Previously doctors warned women against getting too much vitamin D, fearing it could lead to birth defects. Now it appears that not only will more not harm a baby, but it may actually prevent a host of pregnancy complications including premature labor and delivery, preeclampsia, and infections.

Current guidelines suggest pregnant women get between 200 to 400 international units (IU) per day. The study gave pregnant women who were at least 12 weeks pregnant doses of either 400, 2,000, or 4,000 IU per day; the women who received 4,000 IU had the fewest complications.  

I have to say I'm not surprised by this news. I've always thought a lack of vitamin D had something to do with my developing preeclampsia and having to deliver my son at 27 weeks. It happened when I lived in sun-starved Seattle. When we moved to sun-abundant Orlando, I quickly got pregnant and delivered a full-term baby with no hint of complications.

Call it mother's intuition, but it's the only thing that has made sense to me in the years I've sought an answer after such a traumatic experience.

Researchers caution that women should talk to their doctors before making any changes in their vitamin D intake, but they do hope to see the recommendations change.

The benefits of vitamin D are vast, and numerous studies in recent years have confirmed its importance, including those that show the negative effects of vitamin D deficiency in children, how vitamin D could help prevent breast cancer, even how it may help your future child's dental health.

Beyond the sun and supplements, you can get this powerful vitamin in a host of foods. Here are some recipes rich in vitamin D to help you get more of it.

Will you discuss this new study about a need for increased vitamin D with your doctor?


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