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Importance of Vitamin D during pregnancy

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Vitamin D is a very important nutrient needed for a healthy pregnancy. The body produces vitamin D in response to the sun and it protects the body against infections, and also ensures the healthy development of strong teeth and bones. Because most prenatal vitamins only contain 400 IU (10 mcg) of vitamin D, you may need to take a vitamin D supplement during pregnancy even when you eat fortified foods because it's difficult to get enough vitamin D from food alone. 

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Importance of Vitamin D during pregnancy for the baby

When you're pregnant, your body requires vitamin D to keep calcium and phosphorus levels in check, which aid in the development of your baby's bones and teeth. Vitamin D is also necessary for maintaining good eye and skin health. Vitamin D deficiency in babies can cause irregular bone growth, fractures, and rickets.

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Importance of Vitamin D during pregnancy for the mother

Vitamin D deficiency in a pregnant woman can cause a lot of pregnancy complications such as preeclampsia, gestational diabetes, preterm birth, and a low birth weight baby. It is important to include Vitamin D in your diet because it keeps the calcium level in check because excess calcium in the body prevents your body from absorbing iron which causes pregnancy complications.

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