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What does low vitamin D levels during pregnancy imply?

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Posted on Tue, 1 Apr 2014
Question: Hi, I am 34 year old female. I am pregnant with my 2nd kid (4 mnths preg). My vitamin D level has come out as 8 (severly low). Could you please suggest the implications and what should i do now? Thanks, XXXX
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Brief Answer: needs active treatment Detailed Answer: Hi XXXX The implications of low vitamin D would be bony abnormalities, congenital rickets, fractures in the newborn. Since you have a severely low Vitamin D, you need active treatment for the same at the dose of 4000 to 5000 IU/day initially for 3 to 4 months, followed by maintenance therapy of around 2000 IU/day. Please speak to your gynecologist about this at the earliest, and get treated accordingly. Let me know if you have more concerns.
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Brief Answer: needs active treatment Detailed Answer: Hi XXXX The implications of low vitamin D would be bony abnormalities, congenital rickets, fractures in the newborn. Since you have a severely low Vitamin D, you need active treatment for the same at the dose of 4000 to 5000 IU/day initially for 3 to 4 months, followed by maintenance therapy of around 2000 IU/day. Please speak to your gynecologist about this at the earliest, and get treated accordingly. Let me know if you have more concerns.