Pregnancy and Vitamin D

1448If you’re pregnant, it’s important to get enough vitamin D because it lowers your child’s risk of heart disease, diabetes and allergies. Calcium and phosphorus from vitamin D ensure that your baby will have healthy bones and teeth. If you are deficient in vitamin D during pregnancy, you risk a low birth weight and skeletal deformities for your baby.*

You can source vitamin D from fatty fish such as tuna, salmon and mackerel, and from fortified products such as milk, eggs and cereals. In supplement form, it is recommended that pregnant women take 4,000 IU of vitamin D a day.

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