Vitamin D levels are very important to your personal health as well as that of your baby. I have previously written about how Vitamin D reduces pre-eclampsia, or toxemia of pregnancy. Vitamin D supplementation during pregnancy and infancy prevents childhood Type 1 diabetes. And low levels of Vitamin D during pregnancy and lactation have caused preclinical rickets which have caused African American women whose skin absorption is lower, to lose custody of children on charges of suspected child abuse.
A South Carolina study of pregnancy complications and Vitamin D found:
The 400 iu level of Vitamin D in a prenatal vitamin was inconsequential
4000 iu of Vitamin D reduced bad pregnancy outcomes by half compared to 400 iu.
4000 iu of Vitamin D is safe in pregnancy
Virtually all African American women in sunny SC had serious deficiencies of Vitamin D
30% of all pregnant women in the study were severely deficient
Several studies in different parts of the world have shown that there is a benefit to a baby when the mother takes Vitamin D in excess of the amount in prenatal vitamins. This shows that there is a benefit to pregnant mothers in reducing the complications of pregnancy. While the study only looked at a fairly low dose of Vitamin D, probably from cod liver oil and diet, it indicates that supplementation reduced pre-eclampsia by 25%. Based upon Finish studies, I wonder how much less pre-eclampsia would be found if blood levels were raised to 50. Continue reading Vitamin D During Pregnancy Reduces Pre-Eclampsia→
As a heavy person, I often find that places which measure blood pressure do not use the proper cuff size. Using too small a cuff will show hypertension, where none exists. Given the obesity epidemic, this can be a serious problem. Many overweight people have hypotension, which may interfere with their exercise, it is important that they be measured carefully, especially when medication is involved. And this is also very important during pregnancy when fluids can cause swelling but do not always raise blood pressure or cause pre-eclampsia.
Here is a piece written by a colleague who shall remain anonymous: