Your baby’s bones grow and form at a rapid rate throughout pregnancy. Vitamin D is a key part of this fascinating and complex process, due to its role in regulating the amount of calcium and phosphate in the body.
Your baby’s vitamin D levels at birth depend on your own intake throughout pregnancy, so the best way to support your baby’s bones and future health is to make sure you get the recommended daily amount.
The recommended intake of vitamin D for pregnant and breastfeeding woman is 5µg per day. This can be made up through food and sunlight, but may also require supplementation.
If you have any risk factors for vitamin D deficiency, you should have a screening blood test either before you are pregnant or early in your pregnancy. If you are found to have a low level, your Healthcare Professional may recommend you start taking vitamin D supplements daily.
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