How vitamin D affects your pain during delivery

labor and deliveryWe all now how important Vitamin D is in our lives, especially during the winter months when we get less sun exposure. Did you know your vitamin D levels might also affect how much pain you feel during labor and delivery? A study presented at the Anesthesiology 2014 annual meeting found that women with lower levels of Vitamin D “consumed more pain medication than patients with higher levels of vitamin D.”

The study consisted of 93 pregnant women before they gave birth. Their vitamin D levels were taken and compared with the amount of pain medication each patient required during labor and delivery. While all 93 participants requested an epidural during labor and delivery, those ladies with lower levels of vitamin D used more of the pain medication than their counterparts.

“Women often experience lower than normal levels of vitamin D during pregnancy,” said Andrew W. Geller, M.D., physician anesthesiologist at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles and senior author of the study. “We found that patients with low levels of vitamin D experienced an increase in pain during childbirth.”

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has said that vitamin D deficiency is not uncommon during pregnancy, but tends to happen more among “high risk” groups including vegetarians, women with limited sun exposure and ethnic minorities. Easy ways to get extra vitamin D include drinking fortified milk, consuming fish oil or taking vitamin D supplements.

According to Gellar, “”This topic needs to be revisited and additional research should be conducted to determine how we can improve the labor experience for women everywhere.”

Liquid Health’s Prenatal Supplement contains 800iu of Vitamin D3 per serving.  Liquid Health also has a separate <a href=””>Vitamin D supplement</a> that contains 1000iu of D3 in each 1 milliliter serving.  Both of these are great options for pregnant women because they come in liquid form, making them easier to take and better absorbed by your body.

If you wonder about your vitamin D levels, especially during pregnancy, talk to your doctor and ask to have your levels checked. Vitamin D supplementation can be an easy way to increase your levels and help you to avoid problems associated with vitamin D deficiency.

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Sarah Brimhall is a blogger for Liquid Health, Inc. She graduated from Wartburg College in 2002 with a degree in Communications and has worked for Liquid Health, Inc. for 9 years. As a mother of three, Sarah is particularly interested in learning how to live a healthy lifestyle and helping her family to do the same.