Vitamin D deficiency is very common and can be very detrimental to overall health. Recent studies link inadequate vitamin D with infertility and miscarriage.
Sunlight is the most natural form for vitamin D production in the body if possible get about 10 minutes daily exposure. Also, eat foods high in vitamin D and take vitamin D supplements.
Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin we typically get from sun exposure. More sunlight, and taking as much as 4,000 IUs of vitamin D (D-3 is the best) per day pre-pregnancy, can help regulate your cycle and, during pregnancy, can reduce the occurrence of preterm birth and preeclampsia.
The vitamin D receptor is present in many female organs, including the ovary, uterus, and placenta. The active form of vitamin D (calcitriol) has many roles in female reproduction. Bound to its receptor, calcitriol is able to control the genes involved in making estrogen. The uterine lining produces calcitriol in response to the embryo as it enters the uterine cavity, shortly before implantation.
Calcitriol controls several genes involved in embryo implantation. Once a woman becomes pregnant, the uterus and placenta continue to make calcitriol, which helps organize immune cells in the uterus, so that infections can be fought without harming the pregnancy.
Poor vitamin D status has been associated with certain pregnancy complications such as gestational hypertension and diabetes.
A recent study found that women with higher vitamin D levels were significantly more likely to achieve pregnancy from IVF compared to women with lower levels of vitamin D.
- Fatty fish, like tuna, mackerel, and salmon.
- Foods fortified with vitamin D, like some dairy products, orange juice, soy milk, and cereals.
- Beef liver.
- Egg yolks.
So please get your daily dose of Vitamin D to remain healthy and fertile