Vitamin D and C-sections?

This was an interesting article — a midwife’s take on the recently released study that showed that women who had C-sections were more likely to have low vitamin D. She points out some flaws and potential faults in the study. Quite interesting reading!


4 Responses

  1. There is a lot of info about vit D on the Weston Price website. Traditionally, through diet, people used to have a diet with a much higher vit D content. The current recommended dosage of vit D is too low and the synthetic form in which it is taken, does more harm than good. It is all a good read.
    I can certainly believe that lack of vit D would have an influence on giving birth. I am sure there are flaws in the study, but it is common knowledge among nutritional therapists that most people are terribly vit D deficient these days.
    I am sure we will see and read more about this in the future.

  2. When humans live outdoors near naked as we evolved we find they achieve a natural vitamin d status around 50~80ng. The evolutionary advantage that having a paler skin gave to those who lived naked at higher latitudes was surely the increased ability to make and store vitamin D3 and the impact this had on fertility and our immune function towards the end of winter.

    At 60ng l we find human breast milk flows replete with vitamin d3, We also find levels above 50ng are associated with a low incidence of chronic diseases particularly cancers, heart disease, diabetes MS amongst others.

    There is good scientific evidence showing that, in order to function optimally at Vmax, Calcitriol, requires adequate reserves of it’s substrate Vitamin D3 and Calcidiol.

    The average human body only has significant stores of vitamin d matching circulating calcidiol above 50ng. So it seems sensible for this natural primitive level our DNA evolved to work best with, should be regarded as the desirable minimum.

    Evolution is a theory, not a fact.

  3. I have written extensively on this topic and in my own empirical experience I have seen a huge difference in the labors of women who supplemented with Calcium and Vit D versus the women who did not (mostly because we didn’t know how important it was all these years). Labors are shorter, the uterus contracts more efficiently and pain seems to be greatly reduced. I absolutely believe the 8000iu of D and the 1500mg Calcium/Magnesium I ask my clients to take makes all the difference in the world. 8000iu is *enormously* more than the suggested 400iu per day (there are no RDAs for Vit D; that’s how little is known about Vit D today), but most researchers say that 400iu per day is a ridiculous amount, almost worthless.

    Of course, ask your provider. Don’t just let them tell you the standard answers they learned in medical school, either. There is so much more information out now… YOU research and take it to him/her. The more you learn, the better your birth can be.

  4. For those wishing to do their own research “liebertonline” have an interesting paper

    “Does Vitamin D Make the World Go Round?”
    By 2 Vitamin D3 experts Wagner and Hollis

    another useful paper is

    “Use of vitamin D in clinical practice”. by Cannell and Hollis
    It’s a summary of up to date vitamin D knowledge relating to correcting vitamin D insufficiency that would be suitable for presenting to your health professional.

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