Benefits of Vitamin D and Pregnancy
October 12, 2020For expecting moms, getting optimal nutrition and vitamin intake is essential in maintaining an overall healthy pregnancy. While there are multiple vitamins and minerals that provide significant health benefits, today we’re giving the spotlight to vitamin D – a very important steroid hormone that helps boost immunity, promote growth, and protect against serious pregnancy complications.1
Boosting Immune Function
Although the research isn’t completely conclusive, many scientists are starting to look closely at the possible link between vitamin D and immune function. One study’s findings indicated that low levels of vitamin D may contribute to increased risk of contracting the coronavirus or developing a severe case of COVID-19.2 There is no direct evidence, since it is still such a new disease; however, the early research indicates that taking a vitamin D supplement could be beneficial in fighting this and other flu-like diseases.2
Promotes Healthy Cell and Bone Growth
Vitamin D has long been known to promote healthy bone and cell growth. However, scientists are also studying the effects of vitamin D on other parts of the body, including organ tissue. Many of the body’s tissues have receptors for vitamin D, which suggests it may offer important benefits beyond bone health.3
Without enough vitamin D, our bodies cannot effectively absorb calcium, a necessary ingredient for building healthy, strong bones. Women who are pregnant should discuss vitamin D supplements and the recommended levels to ensure their babies are getting the necessary amount to promote skeletal development.
May Lower Risk of Certain Pregnancy Complications
Vitamin D is associated with lowering the risk of two common yet potentially dangerous pregnancy complications: gestational diabetes and preeclampsia.4 Gestational diabetes is diabetes that is diagnosed for the first time during pregnancy. Gestational diabetes causes high blood sugar and can adversely affect your pregnancy and your baby’s health. For women with gestational diabetes, blood sugar levels typically return to normal after giving birth; however, women who have had gestational diabetes are at a higher risk for developing type 2 diabetes later on.5
Preeclampsia is a pregnancy complication characterized by high blood pressure and signs of damage to another organ system (usually the liver or kidneys.) Preeclampsia typically begins after about 20 weeks of pregnancy for women whose blood pressure had been normal. If left untreated, preeclampsia can be a very serious, life-threatening condition.6
Getting the recommended amount of vitamin D during pregnancy, along with maintaining a healthy lifestyle, may help expecting mothers to avoid these conditions. However, always consult your doctor before beginning a new vitamin or supplement regimen.
Prenate® Vitamin Family
This post is sponsored by the Prenate® Vitamin Family, a line of prescription prenatal supplements designed to enhance preconception, prenatal, and postpartum nutrition in women. Talk with your doctor about how taking a daily prescription prenatal or postnatal vitamin could help support a healthy pregnancy and postpartum wellness.