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How 60 ng of vitamin D enabled pregnancy - a personal story

by John - July 2011

My wife had recurring miscarriages until her vitamin D level was raised above 60ng.
And specialists told us that we could never have boys because of a chromosomal disorder that she tested positive for.
Now we have 1 girl and twin boys!

Detailed story
My wife had four miscarriages between 7-10 weeks starting in 2005. These recurring miscarriages stopped after her vitamin D level was raised above 60ng. Specialists told us that we had unexplained causes for our miscarriages. A genetics specialist said we could never have boys because of a chromosomal disorder on both her X chromosomes. A girl would be viable because it could take the missing/ damaged DNA from my X chromosome however it would not be possible for my Y chromosome to fill in the necessary X information. Three of the miscarriages were identified as boys (X & Y.)

On a whim, I decided to increase vitamin D. There were no other options for us because the miscarriages were "unexplained." While she liked the sun, she also used sunscreen religiously. She was not tan and did not use vitamin D supplements so I assumed she was vitamin D deficient. She stopped the use of sunscreen unless she thought she might get burned. She went to the beach and went on sunny vacations to get the sunshine vitamin. She used indoor sun tanning salons to increase vitamin D too. She took the co-factors, magnesium, vitamin K2 and Krill oil along with varying IU levels of D3 from 20,000 to 150,000 to increase vitamin D serum levels.

We were excited and fearful when a pregnancy tested showed positive in late 2006. She took extra folic acid and continued with D3, K2 & Krill Oil. She continued to get as much UV exposure as possible but was careful not to burn. She continued to frequent an indoor tanning salon but restricted her session time to 7 minutes (and made certain she never became too hot.) Her pregnancy was uneventful which was very welcomed. Her vitamin D levels were tested to be 60.02 ng in the wintertime, which is typically the lowest levels of the year.

In July 2007 she delivered a beautiful girl. She was 8 pounds, 11 ounces and 21 1/2 inches long!

A couple of years passed but she continued to take vitamin D supplements and get UV exposure with limited use of sunscreen. Another positive pregnancy test came in 2010. This time it was verified as twins and both were boys. We were terrified because of her previous history with miscarrying boys. She kept up with her vitamin D supplementation and UV exposure on the beach and tanning salon. She was diagnosed with borderline gestational diabetes and took low dose insulin shots. However, aside from that, this pregnancy was also uneventful.

It should also be noted that she did not have the typical pregnancy mask.
I've wondered since if this mask appears more in those that are vitamin D deficient.
Maybe it should be called a vitamin D deficiency mask?

In December 2010, she vaginally delivered two healthy boys at 39 weeks.
Both scored 9/9 on the Apgars Test.
Both babies were very strong and measured 20 inches long each, one was 6 1/2 pounds and the other was 7. (Huge for twins.)
Mother and babies were discharged the following day.
Mother also had no stitches or stretch marks.

I'm convinced that increasing vitamin D made a profound difference in the health of these babies.
Anyone that has issues with fertility should consider a vitamin D test and optimize their levels before and during pregnancy.

Concerning Pregnancy Mask (Melasma)
It appears that Melasma is the creation of oily skin which increases tanning
High levels of vitamin D decrease tanning

See also VitaminDWiki