The importance of vitamin D in your diet when pregnant and breast feeding…

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Vitamin D is a lot more important in the diet than most women know while pregnant. Now, you must be thinking well you are taking your prenatal vitamins so you have nothing to worry about, however, the prenatal vitamins taken during pregnancy (this goes for any brand) do not contain sufficient amounts of vitamin D for both the mother and the baby;s health and over all well being. 

Why, do u ask is vitamin D so important in the diet while pregnant. Well, vitamin D prevents pre-term labor, birth defects and infections while pregnant. It is recommended that women include 4000 IU in the diet while pregnant for the health of the baby as well as the health of the mummy. It also significantly boost your immune function, cell division and bone health while pregnant as well. 

A deficiency in vitamin D in the diet while pregnant may lead to your baby developing preeclampcia and poor bone development. 

“Fact: Did you know that over 60% of the United States population is vitamin D deficient? And this includes pregnant women.”

Getting vitamin D through the inclusion of specific foods (salmon, cod liver oil or egg yolks) in the diet or via supplement is not enough. It is also important to get enough sun exposure, as vitamin D is a hormone as need sunlight in order to be absorbed properly into the skin. 

If you haven’t already, go out and get some addition al vitamin D for your diet, whether you are still pregnant or in the phase of breast feeding. This will improve your health dramatically.