Is Low Vitamin D3 Levels a Risk for Miscarriage?
Vitamin D can be especially important for your fertility success. Your body produces Vitamin D naturally when it’s directly exposed to sunlight. Vitamin D belongs to a fat-soluble vitamin in a family of compounds that includes vitamins D-1, D-2, and D-3. The active form of vitamin D is called cholecalciferol or Vitamin D3 which has several important functions. When we talk about Vitamin D we are talking about the most biologically active form – Vitamin D3. Vitamin D is vital in regulating the absorption of calcium and phosphorus and facilitating normal immune system function. Well known for its importance in normal growth and development of bones and teeth vitamin D is also important in fertility and prevention of miscarriage. Vitamin D acts more like a hormone than a nutrient and it becomes vital in immune modulation, mood, preconception fetal development and more.
Research has found an association between serum Vitamin D concentration in the first trimester miscarriages dictating that low Vitamin D concentrations in the first trimester were associated with 2.5 higher risk for a subsequent first trimester miscarriage. The studies suggest a protective role that Vitamin D has against miscarriage and further suggests the importance of supplementation of vitamin D3 early in pregnancy.
Achieving optimal Vitamin D3 levels in the serum prior to pregnancy ensures starting your pregnancy in a non-deficient state and lowering miscarriage risk. So, ask your doctor about Vitamin D3 levels especially in the early stages of pregnancy and when you are trying to conceive.