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Ned Tijdschr Geneeskd. 2001 Sep 1;145(35):1700-1.

[Unfounded recommendations for vitamin D supplementation in pregnant and breastfeeding women ].

[Article in Dutch]

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Nederlands Huisartsen Genootschap, afd. Richtlijnontwikkeling en Wetenschapsbeleid, Postbus 3231, 3502 GE Utrecht.


In 2000, the Health Council of the Netherlands produced new dietary reference values for the intake of several vitamins, including vitamin D. These stated that pregnant and breast-feeding women without usual exposure to sunlight should consume at least 10 micrograms of vitamin D per day, while for women who were exposed to sunlight 7.5 micrograms daily would be sufficient. Because the mean intake through food is about 3 micrograms daily, the Health Council recommendations imply that all these women should take additional vitamin D. However, the recommendations are not evidence-based. Relevant clinical benefits of vitamin D supplementation in pregnant or breast-feeding women, such as increased bone mass and a reduced fracture risk for mother or child, have never been shown and, given the robust capacity of the skin to produce vitamin D under the influence of ultraviolet light, are rather improbable. Therefore, the intake of extra vitamin D by pregnant and breast-feeding women is unnecessary if they are regularly outside with at least their face and hands uncovered.

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