What is the recommended daily dose of vitamin D for pregnant women in the US?

January 24, 2019

How much vitamin D should you take if you are pregnant? What are the vitamin D recommendations for pregnant women in the United States? We get asked these questions a lot!

Why is vitamin D important during pregnancy?

Getting enough vitamin D is especially important during pregnancy. A mother must receive enough in order to pass it along to her growing baby. Infants who are deficient in vitamin D can have abnormal bone development, which can cause their bones to break or to be abnormally formed.

How much vitamin D should I take?

Every person’s needs are different, and we cannot recommend dosing to your specific needs. We can, however, provide you with the recommended vitamin D dosing from many groups here in the United States.

Looking for vitamin D recommendations for infants, toddlers to teens, or adults in the US?

Interested in the guidelines for the UK or Canada? Click here.

  1. The National Academy of Medicine. DRIs for Calcium and Vitamin D. November 30, 2010. https://www.nap.edu/catalog/13050/dietary-reference-intakes-for-calcium-and-vitamin-d
  2. The American Academy of Pediatrics. Kids and Vitamin D Deficiency. October 18, 2012. http://www.aap.org/en-us/about-the-aap/aap-press-room/pages/Kids-and-Vitamin-D-Deficiency.aspx
  3. The Endocrine Society. Evaluation, Treatment, and Prevention of Vitamin D Deficiency: An Endocrine Society Clinical Practice Guideline. July 2011. https://academic.oup.com/jcem/article/96/7/1911/2833671
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