Question: Can I take a vitamin D supplement while pregnant?

Do not take more than 100 micrograms (4,000 IU) of vitamin D a day as it could be harmful. You can get vitamin supplements containing vitamin D free of charge if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding and qualify for the Healthy Start scheme.

How much vitamin D should you take during pregnancy?

Daily doses of 4000 units/day are recommended for treatment in pregnancy. The use of lower doses of vitamin D, as contained in most prenatal calcium preparations (100-800 IU) cannot be condoned in symptomatic patients, or in those with documented low levels.

Is vitamin D safe to take during pregnancy?

Although data on the safety of higher doses are lacking, most experts agree that supplemental vitamin D is safe in dosages up to 4,000 international units per day during pregnancy or lactation 12.

Can too much vitamin D be harmful in pregnancy?

The problem of excessive vitamin D intake during pregnancy is linked to the risk of hypercalcemia in the foetus, which is not a minor disease. The highest daily dose evaluated in pregnancy is 4,000 IU/day.

What does vitamin D do to a fetus?

Vitamin D supplementation during pregnancy improves maternal vitamin D status and may reduce the risk of pre-eclampsia, low birthweight and preterm birth.

Is 2000 IU of vitamin D safe?

Nearly all vitamin D overdoses come from supplements. The Institute of Medicine’s Food and Nutrition Board’s old 1997 recommendations suggested that 2,000 IU per day of vitamin D is safe for adults and that 1,000 IU per day is safe for infants up to 12 months of age.

Which vitamin D is best for pregnancy?

Quality is important. We recommend Nordic Naturals Vitamin D3 (1000 IU per soft gel) in the natural form cholecalciferol form.

What happens if vitamin D is low during pregnancy?

Adverse health outcomes such as preeclampsia, low birthweight, neonatal hypocalcemia, poor postnatal growth, bone fragility, and increased incidence of autoimmune diseases have been linked to low vitamin D levels during pregnancy and infancy.

When should I start taking vitamin D in pregnancy?

All pregnant women should take a 10 microgram (or 400 IU) supplement of vitamin D each day. This will give your baby enough vitamin d for the first few months of life. This guidance is strongly recommended through autumn and winter and advised in spring and summer.

Can you take vitamin D and folic acid together?

No interactions were found between folic acid and Vitamin D3. This does not necessarily mean no interactions exist. Always consult your healthcare provider.

Is 6000 IU of vitamin D too much for pregnancy?

To attain optimal levels of vitamin D (probably at least 100 nmol/L, pregnant or not!) a dose of 4,000-6,000 IU per day (i.e. 10 times Blair’s suggested dose!), or greater, would be more appropriate, and still safe.

Are there any side effects when taking vitamin D?

Most people do not commonly experience side effects with vitamin D, unless too much is taken. Some side effects of taking too much vitamin D include weakness, fatigue, sleepiness, headache, loss of appetite, dry mouth, metallic taste, nausea, vomiting, and others.

What is the most important vitamin during pregnancy?

Folic acid, also known as folate, is a B vitamin that is important for pregnant women. Folic acid may help prevent major birth defects of the fetus’s brain and spine called neural tube defects (NTDs). How much folic acid should I take?

Can you overdose on vitamin D?

The main consequence of vitamin D toxicity is a buildup of calcium in your blood (hypercalcemia), which can cause nausea and vomiting, weakness, and frequent urination. Vitamin D toxicity might progress to bone pain and kidney problems, such as the formation of calcium stones.

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