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Should you take Vitamin D during pregnancy?

Wouldn’t it be great if pregnancy was easy? If it was, you wouldn’t have to worry about taking vitamin D during pregnancy.

For a long time, the health industry has recognized the benefits of vitamin D for bone health. The vitamin also offers benefits for your cardiovascular system and can help you fight cancer and respiratory ailments.

Unfortunately, no one knows for sure if taking the vitamin can help your baby.

Vitamin D during pregnancy

In 2016, a study showed that expectant mothers who took supplements experienced fewer problems such as premature birth. Vitamins also seemed to reduce incidents of low birth weight babies and pre-eclampsia.

Still, nothing suggests that supplements help babies grow in the womb.

Just imagine: You take vitamin D to help you and your baby, but you’re unsure if the benefits outweigh the risks.

Up until now, clinical research into the efficacy of prenatal vitamins remains both limited and inconclusive.

Similarly, doctors have not reached a consensus on how much vitamin D is warranted during pregnancy.

However, despite the flaws in available data, scientists have discovered that taking vitamin D during pregnancy reduces by one-fifth the occurrence of wheezing in children three years old and younger.

For pregnant moms, vitamin D during pregnancy can substantially reduce the risk of gestational diabetes and pre-eclampsia.

Good news: No evidence to suggest that prenatal vitamin D poses risks to your baby.

Still, you need to know that the effects of vitamin D are yet to be fully understood.

Learn more about vitamin D during pregnancy

If you want to learn more about vitamin D during pregnancy and other important pregnancy-related topics, read

The Informed Parent: A Science-Based Resource for Your Child’s First Four Years, by Tara Haelle and‎ Emily Willingham Ph.D.

Also, read about vitamin D supplementation for women during pregnancy at the U.S. Library of Medicine.

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