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I've been taking 6000 IU's of vitamin D each day since last fall and it's made a hugely positive impact on my immune system. I just found out I'm around 6 weeks pregnant and I'm wondering if this amount of vitamin D is considered safe for pregant women? I can't see a practitioner for several weeks yet so I thought I'd check here and see what the general mama wisdom is on this subject.
 

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I *just* read an article on CNN about a new study on Vitamin D in pregnant women. It only studied 12wks+, but they found no ill-effect in taking 4000 IUs of Vit D - which is 10x the current recommended amount! They found it decreased the rates of preterm labor, infections, etc.<br><br>
Now, I have no idea what 6000 IU would do, and if it would have an effect on early pregnancy. But here's the article:<br><br><a href="http://www.cnn.com/2010/HEALTH/04/30/vitamin.d.pregnancy/index.html?hpt=T2" target="_blank">http://www.cnn.com/2010/HEALTH/04/30...ex.html?hpt=T2</a>
 

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Dr. Mercola recommends 5,000 IU per day for pregnant women. See: <a href="http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2009/10/10/Vitamin-D-Experts-Reveal-the-Truth.aspx" target="_blank">http://articles.mercola.com/sites/ar...the-Truth.aspx</a>. I think that 6,000 IU is just fine!
 

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I take 6000 IU's and have told this to my midwife and to the doctor that did my blood work and neither said that was too much. If anything I worry it's not enough, especially because I don't get a lot of sun.
 

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Yes, it's fine! My midwife was actually really surprised when I told her that I take that much. She said she'd like everyone to, since pretty much everyone else's levels are too low.
 

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I was taking 4000 IU just on suspicion of having low levels. Then I got my Vit D levels tested when I started seeing a new doctor and they came back borderline low so she suggested I go up to 5000 IU. I had just found out I was pregnant at that point, so called back to check if it was still okay, and she said absolutely, in fact it's very important for both mother and baby!
 

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My vitamin D level at my first blood draw during pregnancy was a measly 17. I started taking at least 4000 iu a day and my midwives are totally behind it. You guys are making me think I should be taking more, actually. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue">
 
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