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Do I need vitamin D supplements during pregnancy?

By Silvia Azaña Gutiérrez.
Last Update: 11/08/2021

The decision whether or not to administer vitamin D during pregnancy will be made by the physician based on the woman's vitamin D levels.

A systematic review found that vitamin D could reduce the risk of low birth weight and preterm delivery, while if given together with calcium it would reduce the risk of preeclampsia. However, the latter combination would increase the risk of preterm delivery.

Despite this, it was concluded that there is not enough evidence to give vitamin D supplements to all pregnant women in order to improve obstetric and neonatal complications.

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 Silvia Azaña Gutiérrez
Silvia Azaña Gutiérrez
BSc, MSc
Embryologist
Graduate in Health Biology from the University of Alcalá and specialized in Clinical Genetics from the same university. Master in Assisted Reproduction by the University of Valencia in collaboration with IVI clinics.
License: 3435-CV
Embryologist. Graduate in Health Biology from the University of Alcalá and specialized in Clinical Genetics from the same university. Master in Assisted Reproduction by the University of Valencia in collaboration with IVI clinics. License: 3435-CV.