Lockdown has seen an increase in Vitamin D deficiency. 1 in 4 Australians are deficient. Adequate levels are so important for fertility and pregnancy!
Did you know that Vitamin D capsules are absorbed via the intestines and circulates in plasma bound to a vitamin D protein. Unfortunately dietary intake of vitamin D makes a small contribution to overall vitamin D status and levels due to little vitamin D occurring naturally in the food supply.
A recent research article highlighted that the largest source of vitamin D in adults is synthesis from solar radiation. 30 mins of sunlight delivers 50,000 iu of vitamin D. The best source is the sun!
The benefits of Vitamin D:
– regulates insulin levels and secretion
– supports immune modulation
– influences fetal development
– Supports bone and calcium homeostasis
– Supports lactation
– supports endometriosis
– reduces chances of pre-eclampsia
– neonatal mortality
– reduces childhood asthma
Current guidelines recommend a vitamin D intake of 400 to 800IU for pregnant women. In Australia we recommend a dose of 1000IU per day.
In clinic, we like to see our patients Vitamin D levels at 100n/mol. If your levels are between 50-80. Go outside, soak up some sunlight!
Research article PMC 6210343. The Role of Vitamin D in Fertility and during Pregnancy and Lactation.
Amanda is the founder of Angea and has over 12 years of experience working with women to support their health journey. In addition to being a registered doctor of Chinese medicine, Amanda is a yoga teacher and founder of Mindful Pregnancy Yoga Training. Amanda offers acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine and womb healing treatments at Angea.