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
Link to publication: http://www.nice.org.uk/CG62.
NICE clinical guidelines CG 62 (Mar 2008; Last modified: Dec 2014) - Antenatal care: Routine care for the healthy pregnant woman. http://www.nice.org.uk/CG62. Accessed on 30 Dec 2014.