We describe a patient with a 6-year history of pancreatic malabsorption following surgical subtotal pancreatectomy. She presented at 33 weeks of pregnancy with night blindness as a result of vitamin A deficiency. She had had two successful pregnancies 9 and 8 years previously, giving birth to a healthy baby boy on each occasion. We suggest that patients with long-term malabsorption due to intestinal or pancreatic disease should have vitamin A status checked prior to and during pregnancy so that prompt supplementation can be commenced if necessary. The possibility that vitamin A deficiency may be contributing to anaemia present in pregnancy should also be considered.