Researchers Deem Vitamin D Supplements Safe For Pregnant Women

In the past, some medical experts have warned pregnant women about the dangers of over-supplementation with vitamin D due to beliefs that it may harm the fetus.

While women who are expecting should always consult with their healthcare provider before beginning any new supplement regimen, researchers at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston have reported that high doses of vitamin D are safe for both mother and child.

“Vitamin D supplementation during pregnancy remains controversial largely due to severe misconceptions about the potential harm it may cause to the fetus,” said lead researcher Bruce Hollis, M.D. “Surprisingly, the scientific debate has made little progress since Dr. Gilbert Forbes made a recommendation of 200 international units (IU) per day in 1963, which was based on a hunch.”

In a controlled study, Hollis and his team found that supplementation with 2,000 IU of vitamin D helped pregnant women to maintain desired blood levels of the nutrient, compared to women who received the recommended 200 IUs, who had lower levels circulating in their blood.

Vitamin D is known to facilitate calcium absorption and strengthen the bones. Many women lose calcium during their pregnancy, so supplementation may help them avoid problems such as osteoporosis later in life.

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