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PMM.60 Are all pregnant women being advised and taking Vitamin D supplements during pregnancy?
  1. SMM Mohamedally1,
  2. MF Farooq1,
  3. AD Doshani2,
  4. HM Mousa3
  1. 1University of Leicester, Medical School, Leicester, UK
  2. 2University Hospitals of Leicester, Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, Leicester, UK
  3. 3University Hospital of Leicester, Consultant Specialist in Maternal and Fetal Medicine, Leicester, UK

Abstract

Background NICE recommends that patients should be informed about the importance of maintaining Vitamin D levels during pregnancy.

Aim To ensure that 100% of pregnant women are aware of the need to supplement Vitamin D during pregnancy.

Methods We created a cross sectional survey of pregnant women to assess knowledge and intake of vitamin D. It was handed to women attending antenatal clinics over the months of October–December 2013.

Results We have received 228 responses which we analysed. Only 24% of pregnant women were being recommended to supplement vitamin D during pregnancy. However 38% of patients were taking a supplement that contained vitamin D. However, the dose included was less than the Department of Health recommended dose of 400 micrograms.

Conclusion The results suggest that there is an insufficient amount of supplementation of vitamin D during pregnancy. There are also a higher number of patients on supplementation than recommended to be on it, resulting in them taking an inadequate dose. This demonstrates that there is a need for increasing awareness on the issue.

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