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When I had my blood drawn around 20 weeks, I was told that I was Vitamin D deficient, which is ironic because I was already taking 1000 I.U. of D3. (I normally take a D3 supplement in the wintertime.) So I upped my dose to 5000 I.U. At my last appt. they wanted to take blood again to check my Vitamin D and Hemoglobin. I won't know the results until later this week.
Anyone else deficient in Vitamin D? If so, how much are you supplementing?
I've heard it said that due to our lifestyle (office jobs/warnings to stay out of the sun because of skin cancer) that most of Northern Americans are chronically deficient in Vit D. I am not currently supplementing, although I should be! And I haven't had it tested. It's not something my doc does routinely so I would have to ask her. I wouldn't be surprised if I am deficient though.
When I was pregnant with DS, my midwife had me taking 3000 a day without even checking my levels...that was up in Alaska, where the sun's rays are more slanted/less direct, and the winter can be pretty dark, so she recommended it for all her preggos.
Rhea, milk only provides the bare minimum of vitamin D needed to prevent rickets. I read that if you lay outside in full sun with no clothes for an hour at noon (I mean, cause we all do that right??), you would get the equivalent of 20,000 IU of vitamin D. Not to mention a nice sunburn. Anyway, I think a serving of milk has maybe 400 IUs? Not very much! So you can still be deficient.