Vitamin D And Calcium During Pregnancy
VITAMIN D AND CALCIUM DURING PREGNANCY
Maternal nutrient status plays a key role in reducing obstetric complications, prevention of birth defects, and healthy pregnancy outcome. Vitamin D and calcium are among the key nutrients to focus during pregnancy because, in case of the first one, a deficiency is widespread, and, in case of the other, more than adequate intake has been associated with a lower risk of some adverse pregnancy complications. In this lecture, I will summarize research finding in terms of vitamin D deficiency and insufficiency prevalence. I will review research data regarding the role these nutrients play during pregnancy/fetal development. I will also discuss available data on what constitute adequate dose if/when supplements are used, along with whether one form of supplements is better than the other.
Upon successful completion of this one-hour course, the participant should be able to:
  • Gain background information on vitamin D, including forms, recommended intake, prevalence of deficiency, metabolism, and criteria of deficiency status.


  • Understand findings from studies regarding associations between vitamin D and calcium intake and status with adverse obstetric health conditions.


  • Discuss what constitute adequate intake of vitamin D and calcium and how such intake can be achieved.
Live Event Date: Apr 29, 2021
Expiration Date: Apr 29, 2024
Performance Indicators/Learning Objectives: 4.2.6, 6.2.5, 6.3.8, 8.3.6
Target Audience: RDs, DTRs, Health Professionals
Number of Credits: 1.0
Level(s): 1, 2
Total Cost: $18 ($18.00 per credit)

About the Presenter: Roman Pawlak, Ph.D, RD
Roman Pawlak

Associate Professor of Nutrition at East Carolina University. Authored: 'Vitamin B12. Combating the epidemic of deficiency' (published in English and Polish), 'Vegan/vegetarian mother and her baby' (published in English, Polish and Czech), 'I am the LORD who heals you' (published in English, Russian and Japanese), 'Forever young. Secrets of delaying aging and living disease free' (published in English and Polish), 'Healthy diet without secrets' (published in English and Polish), 'In defense of vegetarianism' (published in English and Polish), 'Diabetes. How to prevent it? How to cure it? How to prevent diabetes complications' (published in Polish), 'Diet – facts and myths' (published in Polish). Published in the best American and international nutrition journals, including, American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, European Journal of Nutrition, Nutrition Reviews, American Journal of Preventive Medicine. Lectured in five continents, including North America, South America, Europe, Asia, and Africa.

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