Vitamin D requirement during pregnancy and lactation

J Bone Miner Res. 2007 Dec;22 Suppl 2:V39-44. doi: 10.1359/jbmr.07s215.


The current recommended dietary requirement for vitamin D intake (200 IU/d) during pregnancy and lactation is based on little, if any, scientific evidence, and as a result is clinically irrelevant with respect to maintaining nutritional vitamin D status during these demanding human conditions. Current research has shown that the actual dietary requirement during pregnancy and lactation may actually be as high as 6000 IU/d. Current data on which these new recommendations could be based are presented.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Cholecalciferol / blood
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Lactation / metabolism*
  • Milk, Human / chemistry
  • Nutritional Requirements*
  • Pregnancy
  • Vitamin D / metabolism*


  • Vitamin D
  • Cholecalciferol