Friday, May 7, 2010

Vitamin D in High Doses May Lower Risks in Pregnancy

Source: Web MD (Summary by NIM)

Vitamin D has been getting tons of publicity in recent years for all of its health benefits. In light of the fact that its Mother's day this weekend, make sure your mom stays healthy by checking that she getting at least 400IU daily to keep her bones strong and prevent the onset of a number of illnesses. On top of all that, here's some new Vitamin D news for mom's-to-be!

According to new research, daily doses of Vitamin D as high as 4000IU may help reduce the risk of complications in pregnancy including gestational diabetes, preterm birth, and infection. In the study, such high doses were not found to harm mother or baby in any way, however the risks during pregnancy for those moms taking high doses were much lower than the rest of the participants.

The current recommendation is only 400IU per day, and some doctors are weary of increasing the recommendation as some studies have shown different results. However, a general consensus in current literature has found that its much worse to get too little of the critical vitamin and it is quite difficult to get too much.

Find out more about Vitamin D during pregnancy by reading the article called "High Doses of Vitamin D May Cut Pregnancy Risks" from Web MD (May 4, 2010) and don't forget to be good to your mom this Sunday!