What is Vitamin A?
Vitamin A is a vitamin that is stored in the liver. This vitamin is important for your baby's growth during the embryonic stage. It aids in the development of your baby's eyes, bones, heart, kidneys, lungs, CNS, and respiratory system.
It is also important during pregnancy, as it aids in postpartum tissue repair, immune system support, regulating fat metabolism, and maintains healthy vision.
Foods that are rich in Vitamin A include:
There are many conflicting reports as to how much vitamin A is "too much" to take in during pregnancy. If you take too much, it can result in birth defects and liver toxicity. If you don't have enough vitamin A, night vision and your immune system can become weakened.
So how much Vitamin A should you include in your diet during pregnancy?
Women ages 19 and older (regardless of whether or not you plan on breastfeeding your little one) should have no more than 3,000 mcg RAE (or 10,000 IU) per day.
If you have any questions as to how to implement Vitamin A into your diet, consult your doctor.