Experiencing a miscarriage - at any point during your pregnancy - is never, ever an easy thing to deal with. It's a devastating experience that can leave you completely breathless as you learn to cope and manage your emotions during your path to carrying full-term. Women going through these hurdles are always looking for insight on ways to conceive and carrying a child full-term. Well, a new study just might put many, many families minds at ease, highlighting that by adding more Vitamin D into your life can be a direct link to pregnancy success.
American Pregnancy defines miscarriage as the term that's used for a pregnancy that ends on its own, within the first 20 weeks of gestation. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) defines it as the most common pregnancy loss, revealing that anywhere from 10-25% of all clinically recognized pregnancies will end in miscarriage. According to a recent National Institutes of Health study, insufficient amounts of Vitamin D might be the missing link among women with prior pregnancy loss.
The latest study shares that among women who are planning to conceive again after a pregnancy loss, those who had low levels of vitamin D were more likely to not only become pregnant again, but also to carry the baby to full term, in comparison to women with insufficient levels of vitamin D. The analysis was done by researchers at the National Institutes of Health, with the study being published in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology.
The study’s lead investigator Sunni L. Mumford, Ph.D., in the Epidemiology Branch of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) said that, “Our findings suggest that vitamin D may play a protective role in pregnancy.”
The research analyzed how a daily low-dose aspirin (81 milligrams) could prevent miscarriage in women with a history of pregnancy loss through testing the blood levels of vitamin D in roughly 1,200 women before pregnancy and again at the eighth week of pregnancy. They found that levels below 30 nanograms per milliliter of Vitamin D to be insufficient.
While additional studies and information are needed to prove these findings, it's worth noting that women who had been taking sufficient amounts of Vitamin D preconception were in fact 10 percent more likely to become pregnant and 15 percent more likely to have a live birth, in comparison to those with insufficient concentrations of the vitamin.
For the women who did become pregnant during the research, they found that each 10 nanogram per milliliter increase in preconception vitamin D was associated with a 12-percent lower risk of pregnancy loss. However, Vitamin D levels in the eighth week of pregnancy were not linked to pregnancy loss.
This is pretty big news for women who fear pregnancy again after experiencing a loss. It's full of anxiety for so many, and this research is a big step in easing those fears. While it's not guaranteed to be the answer for everyone, it's something that women and their doctors can do to help increase their chances of conceiving, and growing their baby full-term.