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New Study: Vitamin D cuts preterm birth by 50% & reduces other complications!

post #1 of 32
Thread Starter 
I am excited about the new study on Vitamin D and pregnancy. 4,000 IU vitamin D3 is the dose used in the study

. Besides, cutting the risk of Preterm birth Significantly, It also reduced the risk of Pre-eclampsia, diabetes, high blood pressure, and more.





http://www.grassrootshealth.net/press-20091010
post #2 of 32
Very interesting reading - thanks for posting! I'm printing this to show my midwife.
post #3 of 32
Thanks for posting. It looks like the article is from Oct 2009. I have been taking 4000 iu to fight off the flu, but I found this part to be interesting:

"The Charleston team is running another trial in breastfeeding women who are taking 6,400 IUs per day, a dose 16 times the amount of vitamin D recommended in the UK. This high dose enables women to make breast milk which has sufficient vitamin D for the baby’s needs, 400 IUs per day."

I wonder when the results of that trial will be official?
post #4 of 32
I was trying to find the link to the actual study, but couldn't. Do you know where it's published, by any chance? thanks! It's exciting news, that's for sure, but I always like to read how a study was conducted.
post #5 of 32

Low Vitamin D Levels

Hi everyone,

I'm freaking as my vitamin D levels are low (19) and no matter how much vitamin D I take, they don't seem to increase.

I took 20,000 IUs! topically (in a compounded cream form) for 6 weeks and that didn't even budge my numbers.

Now that I'm pregnant, I don't want to overdose so I'm back down to 2,000 IUs daily.

Anyone else have this experience? Can you have a healthy pregnancy with low levels?

Thanks!
Genevieve
post #6 of 32
Are you taking vitamin D3? I took 6000 IU's of D3 throughout my pregnancy even living in a sunny climate and it was perfectly safe. My number level was 22 and being on that dosage for 14 weeks only brought it up to 39.8. Considering that OPTIMAL levels are between 55-65, why don't you up your supplementation? It would be really hard to get too much at that dosage, especially if you are testing your levels every 10-12 weeks.
post #7 of 32
Very interesting! I will take more vitamin D next time around... I keep hearing from medical professionals that vitamin D is soooo toxic if it's over 400IU per day. Obviously, it isn't, and obviously my blood work showed them....
post #8 of 32
Thread Starter 
Heres a new video about Vitamin D and pregnant women, ect. Its short, but has very important information! Watch it and pass it on to anyone who is pregnant or breastfeeding!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KqCy7...layer_embedded
post #9 of 32
anecdotes aren't data but i thought i'd chime in. i'm taking 5,000iu of D3-used to be every day now every other since I am outside more-once it gets wicked hot and I am only outside slathered in sunscreen if I go out at all I'll go back to everyday. Prior to starting the D3 around Christmas my BP was ok but not great (130/80 or a little lower). I had pre-e two pregnancies ago and gestational hypertension set in around 25 weeks (I'm almost 29 now) with my last pregnancy. BP readings of 9x/5x aren't unusual now and I am well past the second trimester BPp dip. Now this could be attributed to a better placenta since I just had controlled NVP vs. HG but I wouldn't quite discount the D3. I have lots of reasons for taking D3, I also have fibromyalgia and a very high risk for heart disease so I'll think I'll just keep on taking it. It surely isn't hurting anything!
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post #11 of 32
Very interesting to see the 6,400 figure! I upped mine to 5,000 units for awhile, but started to run low and dropped to 2,000. I need to go get some to cover the gap until summer starts.
post #12 of 32
I take 6000 IU's. I've heard that some women take 8 or 10,000 during pregnancy. I am curious to see what my numbers are when I get my blood tests next week.
post #13 of 32
My OB was happy to hear that I had been supplementing with D3. He said it can only do good things for pregnancy.

I was mega-dosing until I was pregnant (I don't take any in the summers, but then take 5-10K in the winter months). I assumed my levels were still high, so I backed off to between 2,500 and 3,500 IUI per day of D3 while pregnant.

Nice to hear the breastfeeding numbers...I will definitely be taking larger doses while breastfeeding.
post #14 of 32
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Originally Posted by jennica View Post
I take 6000 IU's. I've heard that some women take 8 or 10,000 during pregnancy. I am curious to see what my numbers are when I get my blood tests next week.
I live in a very overcast place and my Vitamin D levels tested at 7. Yeeeaah, not great. So I'm 32 weeks pregnant and taking 8,000IU/day of liquid D3. My 2yo is taking 1,000IU/day with me, since even though I'm nursing, there's obviously not enough to go around.

I have heard that there are Vitamin D injections that you can get if you're not absorbing it in other ways.

Off to read the article!
post #15 of 32
Thread Starter 

Bumping up this thread !!!!!! All pregnant women should read the study!!

 

A new Prenatal Vitamin is out with the Theraputic Levels of Vitamin D-3. It is SuperNutrition PreNatal Blend 2!!! They always like to update their formulas to be up to date with the latest research too! (I have nothing to do with the company)

 

http://www.iherb.com/Super-Nutrition-Prenatal-Blend-2-180-Tablets/24660?at=0 

 

I took PreNatal Blend during my last pregnancy, but the PreNatal Blend 2 is brand new with 4000 IU vitamin D-3!!!  (The same amount used in the study that resulted in Pregnancy complications cut in half)

 

or you can just take a small gelcap of Vitamin D-3.

post #16 of 32

There are SO many positive studies about vitamin D that have been published in the last couple years. Most of you probably know this, but Vit D is actually a hormone precursor essential for several body functions (not a typical "vitamin"). And most of us are deficient due to ineffective sunlight time:

 

http://wholehealthsource.blogspot.com/2008/10/vitamin-d-its-not-just-another-vitamin.html

 

When my mother was tested low, she was prescribed 50,000 IU once/wk by her MD until her levels were restored, and now takes 800 IU/day. However, she's not pregnant & does not have the same needs. Personally, I am currently supplementing w/ 4000 IU & plan to do so throughout breastfeeding.

post #17 of 32
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Originally Posted by nia82 View Post

Very interesting! I will take more vitamin D next time around... I keep hearing from medical professionals that vitamin D is soooo toxic if it's over 400IU per day. Obviously, it isn't, and obviously my blood work showed them....



Toxicity at 400 IU was an assumption made by the medical community based on now outdated information. Look at the new studies.

post #18 of 32
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Originally Posted by lmk1 View Post

I was trying to find the link to the actual study, but couldn't. Do you know where it's published, by any chance? thanks! It's exciting news, that's for sure, but I always like to read how a study was conducted.


http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/05/100501013417.htm

http://www.aap.org/advocacy/releases/PAS2010/pregnant.htm

 

It was publised in the AAP Journal, May 2010? You will have to do a pubmed search...

post #19 of 32
Thread Starter 

Vitamin D is now proven to help Prevent Gestational Diabetes in a new study! 

 

http://www.canberratimes.com.au/news/local/news/general/diabetes-linked-to-vitamin-d-deficiency/2122624.aspx 

 

 

post #20 of 32

Awesome! I think I'm in the clear as far as diabetes and preterm birth go, but I did have pre-eclampsia last time and would like to avoid getting it again. It's winter here, and I've been supping with (depending on the day) either 1/2-1 tsp of Blue Ice fermented CLO and butter oil, or two 1000-IU vitamin D tablets a day. No idea what my levels are like, but I'll be having another blood test soon to check my iron levels before I give birth - I guess I could ask them to check my vitamin D levels at the same time?

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