Vitamin D in pregnancy


All adults, including pregnant and breastfeeding women, need 10 micrograms of vitamin D each day and should consider taking a supplement containing this amount between September and March.

Vitamin D regulates the amount of calcium and phosphate in the body, which are needed to keep bones, teeth and muscles healthy.

Our bodies make vitamin D when our skin is exposed to summer sunlight (from late March/early April to the end of September).

Vitamin D is also in some foods, including:

  • oily fish (such as salmon, mackerel, herring and sardines)

  • eggs

  • red meat

Vitamin D is added to all infant formula milk, as well as some breakfast cereals, fat spreads and non-dairy milk alternatives. The amounts added to these products can vary and might only be small.

Because vitamin D is only found in a small number of foods, whether naturally or added, it is difficult to get enough from foods alone.

Everyone over the age of 4, including pregnant and breastfeeding women, should consider taking a daily supplement containing 10 micrograms of vitamin D between September and March.

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