Post # 1
hi bees, I have my first MW appointment next week, so I certainly plan on bringing this up, but I just thought I would ask here too and see if anyone had any thoughts/knowledge on the topic.
I recently got moved to a satelite office for our growing non profit. It’s an office with no windows – so both no sunlight and no real ventilation. I feel like it has been affecting me (even before preggers) with being tired and getting headaches (too much overhead light – which i have replaced with a lamp recently), but now I am worried that it is going to affect me (or the baby) more. Being in the northeast, right now, by the time I leave work it’s dark out, so I don’t get a ton of sun during the day and I am just worried.
Does anyone know if it can be bad? I’m thinking about investing in one of those sun replacement lamps….but not sure if that is bad to have while pregnany?
has anyone dealt with this at all?
Post # 3
I was vitamin d deficient (live in Seattle, zero sunshine 🙂 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 # 4
@Ellegee: thanks! i am worried about all the supplements that I am going to be taking – prenatals, iron and then maybe this – but as long as it means a healthy baby, i’m in 🙂
Post # 5
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
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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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.
Post # 8
@Mrs. Pretzel: thanks so much for the links! i think that i am definitely going to look into those vitamins…I’m wondering if i should just get them now or wait until next week after my appointment…a week seems like such a big time frame when the little tiny things are growing though
@cbee: Yeah, it has been really rough – I actually try to work from home more often because of it and I have told them that once this lease is up (about a year and a half from now) they have to find an office space with windows or there’s no way i’ll survive 🙂
Post # 9
My dr has me on prenatals and vitamin D. It never occurred to me that this might be why!
Post # 10
@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! 🙁
Post # 11
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 # 12
i’m definitely going to brave the cold today and head over to the store to look into some vitamin D drops – I have a feeling they can’t hurt and then i will follow up with my MW when we (finally) go to our appt on Monday.
Thanks for all the input ladies! I had been feeling like the no sun thing was affecting me – but of course, it took having a bun in the oven and the thought that it would affect the baby for me to really do something about it. Even though I have been on prenatals for months, it seems like those alone won’t give you enough vitamin d.
does anyone who takes both know if you should take them at different times of the day?
Post # 13
@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
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
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
You can take the vitamin supplement with your prenatals.