Our body makes vitamin D when we spend the day outside under the sun. In a perfect world, we would all be able to soak up the sunshine vitamin on a tropical beach for 9 months.
But the reality is that most of us only get to spend a limited amount of time in the sun while we’re pregnant…Not to mention the reasonable concerns about skin cancer. This is why you might want to consider taking a vitamin D supplement.
Studies found that about half of pregnant women are insufficient in vitamin D1. This is true not just in Northern countries like the United States, Canada, and Europe, but even in sun-drenched regions like the Middle East, India, and Brazil.
Vitamin D Can Help Prevent the Following:
Gestational Diabetes: Gestational diabetes is a condition that causes high blood sugar levels during pregnancy. Unchecked gestational diabetes leads to pregnancy complications and in some cases can be fatal for both the mother and child. Studies suggest that improving vitamin D levels with supplements can help lower the risk of gestational diabetes2.
Certain Birth Defects: Studies found that mother’s with low vitamin D levels gave birth to babies with low birth weight. In addition, researchers also found that low vitamin D levels can give babies poor bone calcium, delayed closure of cranial vertex, an enlarged skull, and tetany3.
Postpartum Depression: Several studies found that vitamin D deficiency in pregnant women can lead to postpartum depression after childbirth4. Data from several studies show that optimal vitamin D levels during pregnancy can also prevent depression during pregnancy.
Adverse Pregnancy Outcomes: Low vitamin D levels can also lead to conditions like pregnancy-induced high blood pressure, preterm delivery, pregnancy losses, and C-section delivery5.
How to Improve Your Vitamin D Levels?
Make sure to eat vitamin D fortified foods, get sensible sun exposure, and talk to your OB-GYN about starting a vitamin D supplement. Vitamin D supplements are the safest and most effective way to increase maternal vitamin D reserves in your body.
The NATURELO Prenatal Multivitamin contains 1000 IU of plant-based VItamin D from wild-harvested Lichen.
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2. Gestational diabetes: A clinical update, 2015 Jul 25; 6(8): 1065–1072
3. Does vitamin D during pregnancy impact offspring growth and bone?, 2012 Feb;71(1):38-45. doi: 10.1017/S0029665111003053. Epub 2011 Aug 24
4. Vitamin D Deficiency and Antenatal and Postpartum Depression: A Systematic Review, 2018 Apr 12;10(4). pii: E478. doi: 10.3390/nu10040478
5. Vitamin D supplementation in pregnancy, 2014 Sep-Oct; 18(5): 593–596