Vitamin D deficiency and Increased Cesarean Sections

by Mona Saint MD

A small study showed that pregnant women who had a Vitamin D deficiency at delivery had a higher chance of delivering via cesarean section than those who were not deficient. There are many factors that can lead to a cesarean section and currently Vitamin D levels are not checked during pregnancy. However, I am a big proponent in people getting enough vitamins amidst our busy lifestyle and Vitamin D is a very important one. Prenatal vitamins typically contain between 200-400 IU of Vitamin D. So during pregnancy be sure to take a prenatal vitamin with Vitamin D, have 15 minutes of sunlight per day without sunscreen if climate permits, and increase dietary intake of Vitamin D fortified foods.

Merewood et al. Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism 2008; NY Times Health 2008.