Vitamin D deficiency and pregnancy

posted 2 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 2
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

Bride2BeeVA28:  I don’t have any known problems with Vit D deficiency– but I thought I would note this, in case it hasn’t been discussed with you.

There’s deficient levels, but then there are optimal levels.  When you are being tested at the DR’s, most DR’s only test for deficiency– the daily reccommended amount that was established years ago in order to prevent rickets.

It’s not good to have too much of almost anything.  That said- it’s difficult to have too much Vit D (although it can happen)– we get 20,000 a day if we spend the right amount of time in the sun.

 

For te average pregnant woman, an optimal amount is 5,000-10,000 IU/day.

There would have been no harm in you taking an extra supplement without having bloodwork from your DR’s office.

I’ve been taking a Vit D supplement in addition to my prenatal vitamin which gives me 1,000 IU.  

 

There’s nothing you can really do now– and it’s not good for you to continue to upset over this for the baby.  So take the supplement as directed and focus on moving forward.

 

How many units do they have you taking?

Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

I have never been pregnant, but I do have chronic low vitamin D. I would seriously suggest trying to get more dark green veggies in your diet, in addition to obviously trying to be out in the sun more often. The high dosage vitamin D they prescribe is often D-2 (usually about 50,000 IU about 3 times a week) and not D-3. D-2 has to be converted in your body to the biologically active one (which is vitamin D-3), which is why the prescription for D-2 tends to be much higher. For me, my levels went up from 3 to around the 20 range (still low, but livable), and I noticed my levels stay a lot more stable if I consistently go out in the sun for about 20-30 minutes a day and if I am eating a lot of kale and spinach. I would definitely take the supplements in your case also, but your diet is going to make the difference in the long run (personal opinions). Once your levels return to normal, make sure that the regular supplements contain vitamin D-3, not D-2. Also, you should be getting those levels checked around every 4 weeks until your levels are normal or close to normal, especially since you are pregnant. If your OB is not going to take it seriously, I would suggest seeing an endocrinologist. They are the specialist that handles serious Vitamin D deficiencies.

Post # 6
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

The vitamin D tests are slow and inaccurate.  It’s taken me well over a month to get my results back before.  It’s likely not all your doctor’s office fault.

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Make sure you’re taking the vitamin D with fat, ADEK are fat soluble vitamins. I take D in drop form and it helps a lot. 

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Im not pregnant but Im having some health issues right now regarding my hormones and thyroid and I can understand your frustration with your OB office. I have constantly been told that my labs are “fine and normal” because they fall within the normal range. I wasn’t satisfied so I have started seeing a naturopath and have loved the experience. She is much more thorough and her lab ranges are much narrower. She calls them “life style” ranges because even though I may be at the low end of the dr’s lab range, I still experience major symptoms of deficiencies. Because, as she explained it, their lab ranges include a bunch of sick people too! My medical dr goes off of numbers. My naturopath goes off my symptoms. My point is…I feel your pain and good for you for being an advocate for your own health! If you don’t feel like your dr has your best interest at heart or isn’t giving you the kind of care you want, you should look into other dr’s!

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

AOriver:  Agreed. My thyroid levels are within “normal range”, but I still exhibit symptoms of hypothyroidism. Unlike other doctors that wrote me off, my endocrinologist took me seriously. I really love that lady.

Post # 12
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

Bride2BeeVA28:  Hi. I was Vitamin D deficient when I was pregnant.

They actually thought I was pregnant, tested, and found out I was very low on vitamin D. They put me on 50,000IU. Well, I was still having issues, but then I found out I was pregnant for real, haha. Anyway, 50,000IU was way too much while pregnant. They brought me down to 5,000IU once per day.

I never had a health issue. They never retested me during my pregnancy after bringing my dose down. I did not get GD or preeclampsia. I have never heard of a correlation between them honestly, and I work in a clinic and talked to my doctor about it. Did you doctor say there was?

Post # 14
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

Bride2BeeVA28:  They do the testing right there?  I know there’s differences between systems, I wasn’t expecting that though.  I forget here if it’s 1 location in the province that can do it, or if it actually goes out of province.

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