Vitamin D during Pregnancy
During pregnancy, fetus depends upon mother for the vitamin D supply. Make sure you have a good level of vitamin D during pregnancy, which is 50-100 ng/ml (125-250 nmol/L), measured as 25-OH Vitamin D.
Don't count on Prenatal vitamin to provide you with enough vitamin D as it contains only 600 IU which is a miniscule amount of vitamin D. Most pregnant women require 2000-5000 IU per day.
Low vitamin D during pregnancy is associated with high risk of pre-eclampsia, hypertension, Cesarean-Section in mother, and in the newborn it can cause soft skull bones, low calcium level, rickets, secondary hyperparathyroidism and asthma.
This article was written by Sarfraz Zaidi, MD, FACE. Dr. Zaidi specializes in Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism.
Dr. Zaidi is a former Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at UCLA. Currently he is Medical Director of the Jamila Diabetes and Endocrine Medical Center in Thousand Oaks, California.
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