We all try to eat healthy balanced diets when we are pregnant. We like to do it, we want to help that little one growing inside us to have the healthiest start in life, and watching what we eat is one thing that mothers feel they have control of.
Typically, while most other things in their body are going haywire while the hormones take control, and we scram at our other halves about anything and everything from forgetting to feed the cat, to losing our keys *or was that just me*
When I was pregnancy, I took vitamin supplements; my choice, and without medical advice. I didn’t realise at the time that I could have discussed this with my GP, and it might even have been a sensible thing to do, particularly around getting enough Vitamin D, where deficiency can cause health problems in our babies and potentially our children too. I didn’t realise that Vitamin D supplements are something that we perhaps should be taking, and also getting a little advice about if we can.
Mumsnet recently did a survey of over 1,000 mums with Internis Pharmaceuticals to look at our understanding of Vitamin D as mums, and there were some interesting details coming out of the research:
- 60% of mums don’t get any assistance in understanding about requirements for Vitamin D in pregnancy; it is important for the growth of healthy bones, teeth, etc in our babies. Anything that requires Calcium or Phosphate. In addition, we need a reserve to pass to our babies should we choose to breastfeed
- 80% of mums know Vitamin D is important for them and their children, but don’t know what dose would be suitable
- 50% of mums realise that deficiency can lead to poor bones, and only 1 in 10 realise that overdoses can pose health risks too
- 90% of mums don’t realise that dietary supplements, like those that contain Vitamin D are unregulated, and therefore contain varying amounts of the vitamin – sometimes is very high doses, which may not be suitable for pregnancy.
Clearly, this most important lesson from both this survey and the infographic below, is that both mums, and those about to become a mum, should perhaps consider checking with their GP to discuss Vitamin D rather than self-medicating themselves or their children through over the counter supplements.
It is always worth getting a little more educated about our family’s health don’t you think?
This is a partnered post.