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INFORMATION FOR WOMEN WHO HAVE VITAMIN A DEFICIENCY DURING PREGNANCY OR BREASTFEEDING

                                                                                                                                                

What is vitamin A deficiency during pregnancy?

Vitamin A deficiency (VAD) is a deficiency of vitamin A (all-trans-retinol), a fat-soluble vitamin that is vital, both to pregnant women and their embryos/fetuses. Worldwide, VAD is the number one preventable cause of blindness. This is because vitamin A is particularly crucial for the development and maintenance of the eye, although it also plays a major role in the skeletal system and various organs. Because of the needs of the developing, growing fetus, your requirements for vitamin A are greater during pregnancy compared with when you are not pregnant, so VAD can be an issue, if you don’t receive adequate amounts of vitamin A, or a precursor to vitamin A such as beta carotene, in your diet.


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