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Vitamin D Supplementation During Pregnancy


NICE clinical guidelines CG 62 (Mar 2008; Last modified: Dec 2014) - Antenatal care: Routine care for the healthy pregnant woman. Accessed on 30 Dec 2014.


Vitamin D is an important nutrient that supports calcium metabolism. Adequate vitamin D store during pregnancy is particularly essential for the bone health of both mothers and fetuses. NICE guideline CG 62 reinforces the critical of vitamin D during pregnancy and lactation.

Recommendations on Vitamin D Intake During Pregnancy:

  • All women should be informed the importance of adequate vitamin D during pregnancy and breastfeeding at their first antenatal booking appointment.
  • Pregnant women are advised to take 10 mcg of vitamin D per day in the form of a multivitamin supplement.
  • Important to ensure at-risk women are aware of this need. At-risk groups include women:
    - who are pregnant and/or breastfeeding, especially teenagers and young women
    - who have limited exposure to sunlight
    - with darker skin, e.g. of African, African-Caribbean or South Asian family origin



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