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  • Vitamin D in Pregnancy!

    Her's my latest blog post for all of you parents-to-be!

    Primal Ponderings: Vitamin D deficiency & Pregnancy
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    This is awesome! Thank you so much for posting such critical info! I'm due back to see my family physician for some follow up blood work. I am planning a pregnancy and am iron deficient so I've started on iron supplements. (I'm also trying to lose 5-10 more pounds so I'll be at an ideal prepregnancy weight). But she did not test Vitamin D so I will ask for that.

    Is there any particular brand of Vitamin D supplement you recommend??

    I'm assuming you'd probably think it's better to wait to get Vitamin D and iron levels up before trying to get pregnant??

    Sondra, one other question...my endo keeps saying I won't gain sufficient weight during pregnancy if I limit carbs (which I plan to do b/c I have Type II). Do you have advice on how to gain sufficient weight while staying lower(er) carb? (Maybe I should post this Q to another thread).
    Last edited by shema; 09-03-2011, 08:48 PM.

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    • #3
      Hi Shema~
      Any D3 in an oil base is fine. I use either Carlson's Solar D Gems in a fish oil base or NOW D3. I get the 2000 IU dosage for flexibility. Both are available on iherb or via Amazon, in addition to many health food stores.

      If you are very deficient, I would suggest supplementing 6,000 - 10,000 IUs and getting tested again in 3 months before ttc.

      Read my guest blog post on primal pregnancy nutrition. I address weight gain in the article. You could add liver to your diet once a week for iron, if you prefer that to supplements.

      BTW, an endo or family doc who doesn't test for Vitamin D status & wants you to eat more carbs when you are Type II is not someone I would necessarily trust to give me sound nutritional advice.
      Last edited by Dragonfly; 09-04-2011, 03:34 AM.
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      • #4
        Originally posted by Dragonfly View Post

        BTW, an endo or family doc who doesn't test for Vitamin D status & wants you to eat more carbs when you are Type II is not someone I would necessarily trust to give me sound nutritional advice.
        Ya that!!!
        -Connie
        www.BirthFoundations.com

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Dragonfly View Post
          BTW, an endo or family doc who doesn't test for Vitamin D status & wants you to eat more carbs when you are Type II is not someone I would necessarily trust to give me sound nutritional advice.
          Indeed! That's why I'm trying to prepare ahead of time. It is HARD to find docs/dieticians that don't give this sort of nonsensical advise. I had a bunch of docs managing my then gestational diabetes during my last pregnancy, and they were ALL telling me to eat more carbs. I still remember trying to tell one OB that brown rice was spiking my sugars up to around 140-150 and he insisted that I wasn't "cooking it right" for it to be doing that. Sigh.

          My endo has given info on a dietician he wants me to work with. I haven't gotten in touch with her yet but if she's anything like the dietician I worked with last time around, I won't be listening to her. I'm going to try to do some research and see if I can find the right sort of dietician in my area that follows paleo guidelines...

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          • #6
            There are/were a couple of registered dieticians on this site who have recently gone Primal. There are also a few Type II mamas either pregnant or ttc. You may want to do a search and/or a shout-out post to them.

            Both ConnieB (who commented previously) and I do nutritional coaching for mamas. I imagine there will be more of us over time!
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            • #7
              is there a link to your paper that links vite d deficiency to autism?

              Thanks!
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              • #8
                There are a couple of links in the comments of my blog post.
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                • #9
                  To follow up on my earlier post on this thread, I saw my primary care doc today and asked her to test my Vitamin D levels. She looked at me quizzically and asked me WHY I wanted to have my D levels checked. When I got through explaining my reasons to her, she shrugged, said OK, she'd include it in my labs. But she then proceeded to tell me that what's normal for one person may not be normal for another person and that there really is no fixed value for what's normal. In other words, it's not really a useful test! Sheesh!

                  I told my mom about this and she told me to promptly get rid of this doc!

                  (Awkward part is that this doc is married to my endo. I'm not super crazy about my endo but he is better than most around here).

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                  • #10
                    Thanks for that great post!!

                    Question: what if the vit D supplementation was spotty in pregnancy? Would mom supplementing with extra D3 help the breastfed neonate? Say this mom has a history of low vit D levels, but didn't know to test them in pregnancy. I'm not noticing any problems with him, but if supplementing with D3 at a higher rate than normal will help him out, then I'll take 6k-10k IU instead of my normal 4k-6k per day (that I sometimes forget to take, darnit).
                    Amy
                    ~wife and mother

                    Started primal a month before the end of my pregnancy with P who is now 1. Went from a size 14 down to a size 4 in less than a year. Now sitting at 20-21% body fat, a solid 130 pounds, and 5'9". Feeling better than ever before, and able to run around and chase my 5 little boys who range in age from 14 months up to 11.5 years old.

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                    • #11
                      I have a question; I work in the healthcare field, and I get calls every day from women in early pregnancy (usually 5-8 weeks along) who are spotting or bleeding a bit. I know this is 'normal' as in, it's very common, but IS it actually normal or is it caused by a deficiency?

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by shema View Post
                        I still remember trying to tell one OB that brown rice was spiking my sugars up to around 140-150 and he insisted that I wasn't "cooking it right" for it to be doing that. Sigh.
                        I agree. I tried to tell the nutritionist I saw in my pregnancy for pre-diabetes that oatmeal spiked my sugars up and, ultimately, any grains or sugar (even fruit) before noon would do so. She looked and me and said that it was odd.

                        I'd say to just fire the doc you want to fire regardless of the awkwardness. They may both be your boctors but due to confidentiality reasosn they shouldn't be discussing you in non-professional ways. Plus, even if you signed the waiver telling them they can discuss you there should be no offense taken over being "fired". Any reprocussion would be unproffessional of them and lead to potential lawsuits. As doctors they should know that IMO.
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by mamagault View Post
                          Thanks for that great post!!

                          Question: what if the vit D supplementation was spotty in pregnancy? Would mom supplementing with extra D3 help the breastfed neonate? Say this mom has a history of low vit D levels, but didn't know to test them in pregnancy. I'm not noticing any problems with him, but if supplementing with D3 at a higher rate than normal will help him out, then I'll take 6k-10k IU instead of my normal 4k-6k per day (that I sometimes forget to take, darnit).
                          Best to get yourself tested, so you know where your levels are. And certainly you can up your intake in the meantime--especially if you are forgetting sometimes (like me, lol!)

                          If you don't have a sufficiently high blood level (> 40 ng/ml), you won't pass on enough in your breastmilk, which is why it's good to get tested.

                          Current recommendation for breastfed infants is to supplement 400 IUs/day, because there are so many D deficient moms. There are drops available for this. Alternatively, you could make sure he gets some full-body sun exposure a few times a week (or daily) between 10 and 2. He won't need much--maybe 5-10 min--use your intuition on this!
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by HeatherJ View Post
                            I have a question; I work in the healthcare field, and I get calls every day from women in early pregnancy (usually 5-8 weeks along) who are spotting or bleeding a bit. I know this is 'normal' as in, it's very common, but IS it actually normal or is it caused by a deficiency?
                            It's "normal" and could be caused by low progesterone, which may be contributed to by nutritional deficiencies--esp Vitamin D, K and minerals.

                            Since D is a hormone precursor, it makes sense to me that a deficiency will affect hormonal production.
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by shema View Post
                              To follow up on my earlier post on this thread, I saw my primary care doc today and asked her to test my Vitamin D levels. She looked at me quizzically and asked me WHY I wanted to have my D levels checked. When I got through explaining my reasons to her, she shrugged, said OK, she'd include it in my labs. But she then proceeded to tell me that what's normal for one person may not be normal for another person and that there really is no fixed value for what's normal. In other words, it's not really a useful test! Sheesh!

                              I told my mom about this and she told me to promptly get rid of this doc!

                              (Awkward part is that this doc is married to my endo. I'm not super crazy about my endo but he is better than most around here).
                              I have to agree with your mom on this one! Unfortunately, many docs and midwives are still very ignorant about D. Often it's the mothers who end up educating them.
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