Should I take vitamin D supplements when pregnant?

There has been new research over the past couple of years that suggests that pregnant women should take vitamin D supplements, which makes sense; the UK does suffer a severe lack of sun (an important source of vitamin D).

In an article published by the Department of Health at the beginning of 2012, it was reported that Chief Medical Officers had written to health care professionals encouraging them to raise awareness among patients re the importance of vitamin D.

And GPs have obviously taken note: one of my newly pregnant mummy friends told me that her GP had talked to her about the whole vitamin D deficiency thing.

He didn’t recommend supplements but he said that that might happen in the future if all healthcare professionals were in agreement.

As well as the Department of Health, the NHS also recommends that pregnant and breastfeeding women take vitamin D supplements – but obviously consult your GP before you do so.  CLICK HERE to see the NHS recommendation.

If you’d like to supplement your diet with vitamin D enriched foods, oily fish, eggs, fortified fat spreads and some fortified breakfast cereals are good sources. Or convince your man to take you on a lovely, sunny holiday – it’s all for the good of the baby of course.

Did you take vitamin D supplements when you were breastfeeding or pregnant?

Sources: D.gov.uk – “Dangers of vitamin D deficiency highlighted” and NHS.uk – “Super supplements – vitamin D and folic acid during pregnancy”