Vitamin D is a nutrient we all need every day. Children, teens, adults and women who are pregnant or breastfeeding need vitamin D. It’s so vital many foods are actually fortified with vitamin D.
How Much Vitamin D Do I Need?
According to the U.S. National Institutes of Health, the daily recommended values depend on age, sex and if you are pregnant or lactating. The chart below details the values for each category.1 For women who are pregnant or breastfeeding 600 IU (15 mcg) of vitamin D is recommended daily.12-4 The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests an even greater intake above 600 IU may be beneficial.2-4
What Are the Benefits of Vitamin D?
Vitamin D is a critical nutrient for before conception and throughout pregnancy. One of the primary functions of vitamin D is its role in maintaining and building bone mineralization. For pregnant women this benefit is yielded to mom and baby. However, vitamin D is not just about building and maintaining healthy bones. During pregnancy ample vitamin D supplies may help reduce the risk of Pre-eclampsia and Gestational Diabetes.5
How Do I Ensure I’m Getting Enough Vitamin D?
A well balanced diet is a great way to ensure you’re meeting your daily vitamin D intake. Some foods, like swordfish, tuna and mackerel, contain high amount of vitamin D naturally. However, most vitamin D is consumed in foods that are vitamin D fortified. Below are some foods fortified with vitamin D and the amount you’d need each day to reach the daily recommended intake.
While eating a balanced diet is always recommended, healthy eating is not always enough. Typically, women do not consume enough vitamin D in their regular diets. One good way to ensure that you and your baby are getting enough vitamin D is by supplementing with a vitamin from the Prenate® Vitamin Family. These prenatal vitamins are specifically formulated to meet the nutritional needs of women who are pregnant or thinking about becoming pregnant.
Below are links to learn more about the prenatal vitamins with vitamin D that the Prenate® Vitamin Family offers:
- Prenate Mini®
- Prenate Pixie®
- Prenate® Enhance
- Prenate® Restore
- Prenate Chewable®
- Prenate DHA®
- Prenate Elite®
- Prenate Essential®
Ask your doctor if a Prenate® Vitamin is right for you.