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Ensure a healthy pregnancy and infant with as little as $20 of Vitamin D

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Healthy pregnancies need lots of vitamin D has the following summary

Problem
ReducesEvidence
0. Chance of not conceiving3.4 times Observe
1. Miscarriage 2.5 times Observe
2. Pre-eclampsia 3.6 timesRandomized Controlled Trial
3. Gestational Diabetes 3 times Randomized Controlled Trial
4. Good 2nd trimester sleep quality 3.5 times Observe
5. Premature birth 2 times Randomized Controlled Trial
6. C-section - unplanned 1.6 timesObserve
     Stillbirth - OMEGA-3 4 timesRCT - Omega-3
7. Depression AFTER pregnancy 1.4 times Randomized Controlled Trial
8. Small for Gestational Age 1.6 times meta-analysis
9. Infant height, weight, head size
     within normal limits
Randomized Controlled Trial
10. Childhood Wheezing 1.3 times Randomized Controlled Trial
11. Additional child is Autistic 4 times Intervention
12.Young adult Multiple Sclerosis 1.9 timesObserve
13. Preeclampsia in young adult 3.5 timesRandomized Controlled Trial
14. Good motor skills @ age 31.4 times Observe
15. Childhood Mite allergy 5 times Randomized Controlled Trial
16. Childhood Respiratory Tract visits 2.5 times Randomized Controlled Trial

Vitamin D has proven so successful that some researchers have decided that
   it is no longer ethical to not give vitamin D during every pregnancy.

They have started a trial which will give 4,000 IU of vitamin D to ALL 500 pregnant participants in South Carolina
They are focusing on the reduction in preterm births (current rate is 13%), but there are many additional benefits
Details: Pregnant women will get Vitamin D – going beyond clinical trials - March 2015

But you do not have to participate in this trial to benefit
The health benefits of vitamin D are available at low cost to 200 million pregnant women anywhere around the world.

You can get many of the proven benefits of vitamin D for a little as $13 for your entire pregnancy.

However, the more you invest, the healthier will be your pregnancy and your infant
You should be aware that you will need the cofactors of Magnesium, Omega-3, and vitamin K2 to realize the full benefit of vitamin D in your body

Briefly, here are your options

Total cost for
entire pregnancy
Premature Birth
reduction
Vitamin DMagnesiumOmega-3
& Vitamin K2
Vitamin D Test
Lowest cost$13 - $25
Vit D only
1.5X 4,000 IUnonenonenone
Low cost$30 - $751.8X 4,000 - 15,000100 mgnonenone
High cost$70 - $1902.2X " "1 g Omega-3
200 microg of K2
none
Highest cost$120 - $2502.5X """1 test
Compare to the South Carolina trial
$133 - $141
($0 for participants)
2X 4,000 IU
may adjust after test
nonenone2 tests

Vitamin D $13 - $25

4,000 IU is probably the minimum amount of vitamin D that most pregnant women need
4,000 IU can be taken in the US without doctor's approval
Vitamin D dose size is a function of many variables

  • weight/obesity: recent pregnancy, expecting twins, darkenss of skin, have a health problem which consumes vitamin D (MS, diabetes, etc), poor gut absorption, actively avoid the sun or always use sun screen

Over 30% of the vitamin D sold in the US is now in capsules having at least 5,000 IU
One low-cost supplier charges $13 for 240 capsules of 5,000 IU (5 cents per 5,000 IU)
Bio-Tech provides the lowest cost, and probably the best quality vitamin D (50,000 IU: @ 2.5 cents per 5,000 IU)
Details at: Low Cost vitamin D - including liquid and bulk
    and One pill every two weeks gives you all the vitamin D most adults need

Magnesium $17 - $60

Magnesium increases the response to vitamin D by about 30%
Magnesium improves health in scores of ways, far beyond just building bones - even during pregnancy
The lack of Magnesium is the cause of the the very few vitamin D allergic reactions (about 0.3%)
Magnesium appears to eliminate constipation that a few people get from having lots of vitamin D.
It is important to take a form of Magnesium that does not cause diarrhea
- Magnesium Chloride is best for most people - available as liquid or inexpensive large pill
Details at: Overview Magnesium and vitamin D
and Magnesium helps pregnancy – low quality evidence - Cochrane April 2014
and Pregnancy helped by Magnesium in many ways

Omega-3

Omega-3 helps pregnancy in many ways: preterm 26 percent less likely etc – review July 2012
References of Omega-3
   PERINATAL DEPRESSION, Gestation, preterm birth, preeclampsia, subsequent childhood development
See especially: Pregnancy and infants healthier with Omega-3 supplementation) including 4X fewer stillbirths
Details at: Overview: Omega-3 many benefits include helping vitamin D

Vitamin K2


Details at: Overview Vitamin K and Vitamin D

Vitamin D tests - currently $39 - $70

Lower costs tests are expected by 2016
Many doctors (but not VitaminDWiki) believe it is important to test vitamin D levels
- Generally the test results answers the question: Getting enough vitamin D? (> 40 ng)
      but does not indicate if another form is needed (gut friently, sublingual, etc)
- Rarely does the test result indicate: Getting too much vitamin D (> 70 ng)
Testing should occur 6-8 weeks after starting your standard Vitamin D supplementation
Details at: Low cost vitamin D Blood Tests

More about Vitamin D
Vitamin D is also available in liquid, sublingual, topical, cream, etc. forms
Vitamin D also from the sun - but need 1/2 to 4 hours a day in the sun, which depends on
    skin color, amount of clothing, distance from equator, season, standing/lying down, time of day etc.
Vegan versions of Vitamin D and Omega-3 are available- at low cost
A large initial dose may be needed if you are very deficient or start supplementing late in pregnancy
Consult with your doctor
   Note: Your doctor can get continuing educational credit for learning about vitamin D and pregnancy (English only)
   Note: if he is not interested in learning, you could just ask: Would you be opposed to my getting more vitamin D
Continue taking vitamin D after birth - 40 ng is great for your entire life
   Note: Need 60 ng if breast feeding and your infant is not supplemented with vitamin D
It is never too late or early to start taking vitamin D
  You can start in your 3rd trimester (strongly recommend a loading dose)
  Can start months before pregnancy - actually Vitamin D increases fertility
Should reduce Calcium supplements to < 750 milligrams
  Vitamin D makes Calcium much more available - the excess calcium can accumulate in the arteries if low vitamin K2

Future on this page: Dosing customized to individual needs.


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