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Pregnancy complications: Can vitamin D help?

Posted on: May 4, 2013   by  John Cannell, MD


Pregnancy is a high-risk condition. Some of the more common complications of pregnancy include preeclampsia, small for gestational age (SGA), gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM), and preterm birth. Preeclampsia involves hypertension, protein in the urine, and swelling. If a woman with preeclampsia has a seizure then it becomes eclampsia.  SGA are babies that are smaller than they are supposed to be based on the length of the pregnancy. GDM is diabetes that appears during pregnancy and usually resolves after birth. Preterm birth is when the baby comes before his or her due date.

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2 Responses to Pregnancy complications: Can vitamin D help?

  1. Sondra Rose

    Dear Dr. Cannell~

    I would dearly love to share this particular article with my pregnant clients, but you lost me on the first sentence: “Pregnancy is a high-risk condition.”

    Pregnancy is a NORMAL human condition. A healthy, well-nourished pregnancy is anything but high risk. This includes optimal D3 levels, of course.

    There is no need to pathologize pregnancy in order to make a point.

    I have shared many other D Council articles with my pregnant clients and hope that you will edit this article so I can share this one, too!

    Thank you for all that you do!

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    There have been 5 meta-analysis of Pregnancy and Vitamin D Deficiency – all with similar results.
    Wonder just how many more clinical trials and meta-analysis will be needed to change the attitudes of doctors. Details at http://www.vitamindwiki.com/tiki-index.php?page_id=3941

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