(Closed) Can having not enough sunlight affect baby ?

posted 5 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I was vitamin d deficient (live in Seattle, zero sunshine ๐Ÿ™‚ during pregnancy so they had me take a supplement. They’ll run your bloodwork and let you know if you’re deficient, but you can definitely bring it up on your own.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

A vitamin D deficiency can definitely affect childbirth. It’s important to bone health, and your pelvic bones experience a lot of stress during birth. I’m not sure about other possible effects on the baby, but since it’s trying to develop health bones in the womb, you’re right to be suspicious about potential problems.

Post # 6
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

In Wiscosin it is very sunny in the winter, but there is no chance to get vitamin D from the sunlight in winter here, because the sun is not high enough in the atmosphere.  Vitamin D supplements are definitely something to consider and discuss with provider.  That is a bummer though, just for your own health- because we all need fresh air and sunlight and it stinks it is causing you headaches.  I don’t know about the lamp, probably would be fine.  Just try to get lots of fresh air at home or when you can- I know indoor pollution can be worse than outdoor!

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2010 - Catholic Church & The Engine Room at Georgetown Studios

As previous posters mentioned Vitamin D is important.  My midwives did cartwheels when my initial bloodwork indicated that I wasn’t deficient in Vitamin D- I was one of only a handful of patients who actually had desired Vit D levels.  This is because I also live in Seattle and I take a 5000 IU Vit D supplement always because I get season affective disorder (pregnant or not). I suggest the 5000 IU capsles. They are tiny. There are studies showing that mother’s Vit. D difficiency has an impact on brain development  and there are also some initial connections being made between vit d deficiency and autism.

http://www.webmd.com/baby/news/20120920/vitamin-d-pregnancy-babys-brain

http://psychcentral.com/news/2012/12/16/vitamin-d-may-lower-autism-risk-in-children/49191.html

 

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

My dr has me on prenatals and vitamin D. It never occurred to me that this might be why!

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@MissKabers:  Hi Kabers! yes, look into D drops, they are the easiest way to get 1000 IUI of D a day. I live in Vancouver and like the other Bee here from Seattle, we get very little sunshine. I read the Vit D deficiency in babies has been linked to cause MS and even schizophrenia, on top of bone problems. I’ve been doing the drops since the Fall, just because we live on the wet coast, and I’m keeping it up.

that sucks about no sunlight in your new office! ๐Ÿ™

Post # 11
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

I never really even considered this… I live in Vancouver as well, and work 10 hour days, so at this point I drive to work in the dark, and home in the dark, and sit in a dark office all day.  So interesting…

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@MissKabers:  no I don’t think it matters. My wife works in the vitamin dept at Whole Foods, so  she knows about contra indications like that. 

Post # 14
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

They actually just did a study that concluded that not enough light can inhibit proper eye development. But you just needed ANY light, not specifically sunlight.

I had to take vitamin D/increase my milk intake while living in Boston in the winter. The sun is so incredibly weak in winter there! But I bet you’re already drinking more milk for the calcium, protein, etc while pregnant, so you’re probably fine!

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

I worry about this because, until daylight savings time, I get to work before the sun comes up and leave after the sun goes down.  Some autism research seems to show a correlation between vitamin D deficiency and increased autism rates.

Post # 16
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

You can take the vitamin supplement with your prenatals.

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