. Besides, cutting the risk of Preterm birth Significantly, It also reduced the risk of Pre-eclampsia, diabetes, high blood pressure, and more.
"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?
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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?
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.
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 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!
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)
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.
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:
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.
Toxicity at 400 IU was an assumption made by the medical community based on now outdated information. Look at the new studies.
It was publised in the AAP Journal, May 2010? You will have to do a pubmed search...
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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Ok, now that my DD is born I can say I truly believe that the large amounts of vitamin D kept me and her healthy. No preterm labor, no elevated blood pressure, nothing weird. I made it to 39 weeks! :D
I took 5000 IU (NOW brand), then another 1000 in my prenatal (New Chapter) and another 400 in my Calcium pill - so a total of 6400IU daily in my pregnancy - and 5 months of my pregnancy were in Wyoming winter, aka no sun (it might have been more D, my fishoil might have some too). I strongly believe the supplements contributed to a successful pregnancy. I wanted to add that New Chapter is to me the best prenatal - it has vitamin A as betacarotene only (safer), and folate only (no folic acid). It is truly worth it's money!
Thanks for the testemonail!!
I want to add some more information to this thread from a quote I found online from a midwife about Vitamin D3
I have written extensively on this topic and in my own empirical experience I have seen a huge difference in the labors of women who supplemented with Calcium and Vit D versus the women who did not (mostly because we didn’t know how important it was all these years). Labors are shorter, the uterus contracts more efficiently and pain seems to be greatly reduced. I absolutely believe the 8000iu of D and the 1500mg Calcium/Magnesium I ask my clients to take makes all the difference in the world. 8000iu is *enormously* more than the suggested 400iu per day (there are no RDAs for Vit D; that’s how little is known about Vit D today), but most researchers say that 400iu per day is a ridiculous amount, almost worthless.
Of course, ask your provider. Don’t just let them tell you the standard answers they learned in medical school, either. There is so much more information out now… YOU research and take it to him/her. The more you learn, the better your birth can be
My midwife has me doing 10,000 IUs of D3 mainly for my allergies, but I'm very happy that it seems so beneficial!
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There is no such thing as "D." It's either D2 or D3. D2 is much less efficient than D3 (study link).
I've been taking 10,000 IUs mostly every day for about 2 years now and I still ended up with gestational diabetes. Some gals have all the luck. Unfortunately, I am not one of them. LOL.
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I live in very sunny NM and still had seasonal depression. I also had depressive issues my two previous pregnancies. I started taking 5000mg D3, winter '09-'10. I felt enormously better and continued through this pregnancy. I felt much more stable emotionally. I continue to take that amount now. I also wanted to comment on the calcium. I have taken calcium in the third trimester w/ my last few pregnancies for leg cramps and found those labor and deliveries all quick and easy. I take calcium in labor as well.
Interesting to hear about the calcium! Kick in the pants to go get a bottle. I took cal/mag the last few weeks of my first pregnancy because my BP was going up and my midwife recommended that to lower it (worked! no high readings at all once I started it!) my 2nd pregnancy I thought it might be prudent to supplement calcium because after that first pregnancy, I needed SO many fillings, plus a crown, it was RIDICULOUS so I figured a calcium supp couldn't hurt might help? Sounds like one more reason to start taking it again this time. I've been taking 10,000 iu vit d/day since a few months before getting pregnant, because I was tested and came up low. can't remember the number,.. 20 or something? I've been MAJOR SLACKING on all my vits the last couple months due to the lovely first trimester. pills dont go down well :( But, now I'm better and my only excuse is that the habit was broken! Fun to read all those other benefits to vit d. Made me run to the kitchen and take the first dose I've had in a while. I remember to give it to my kids every day (well, they make sure i don't forget, its the rainbow light 1000iu lemon chewies! they love 'em!) so I need to remember for myself.
Hmm. I theoretically take calcium - a cal/mag powder - but when I mix it with juice it tastes VILE, chalky and unpleasant, so I haven't actually taken more than about three doses. I did buy some magnesium capsules, and take those. Does calcium come in pills, or some less repellent form than the powder?
If I got DH to keep setting the timer for every hour during labour, it might be a good reminder for me to take a calcium pill, drink some water and go to the toilet. I didn't drink enough with my last labour and ended up with an IV.
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