Motivation Monday: Vitamin D And Pregnancy

Vitamin D and Pregnancy

As it feels like summer is a distant memory, let’s take sometime on this freezing Monday morning to talk about a long-lost friend, Vitamin D.

  • Vitamin D is a micronutrient that helps maintain adequate levels of calcium and phosphate – 2 essential minerals that help build muscle and bone strength in the developing foetus.
  • Research has shown that Vitamin D deficiency in pregnant women may increase the risk of preeclampsia, low birth weight and gestational diabetes. Further to this, the research also suggests that children whose mothers were Vitamin D deficient in late pregnancy had a reduced bone size and bone mineral content. The non-pregnant woman requires 250IU/day of Vitamin D. This requirement rises to 400-600IU/day for pregnant women.

Whether you are planning a pregnancy, pregnant, or simply missing the warmer weather, what can you do to maintain adequate Vitamin D levels?

  • In Australia, fortified margarine appears to be the major dietary source of vitamin D, together with fatty fish such as salmon, herring and mackerel, and eggs. Unfortunately, it is almost impossible to obtain sufficient vitamin D from the diet alone.
  • Vitamin D status is generally maintained by exposure to sunlight, however during the winter months this canbe problematic. During winter, often longer sun exposure times are needed, preferably around midday.

Emma Caldwell
Accredited Practicing Dietitian
Fitwise Physiotherapy

Consulting at our Armadale and East Melbourne rooms

To make a booking with Emma, click ‘Make a Booking’ in the top right-hand corner of this page and follow the prompts. You can also call our friendly team on 9822 4999 (Armadale) or 9486 0512 (East Melbourne), or email us on [email protected]

If you are unsure if you’re receiving enough Vitamin D, click ‘Make a Booking’ on the top right hand corner of this page and book in with our resident dietitian, Emma today for a comprehensive dietary assessment. Alternatively, you could contact our friendly reception team on 9486 0512 (East Melbourne) or 9822 4999 (Armadale)



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Our values are the basis of everything we do at Fitwise.

Excellence, Respect, Innovation and Fun – For our clients, for our team and for ourselves.

This is evident with the service we provide, the environment in which we provide it, the way in which we operate as a team and how we care for and value our clients, referral partners and ourselves; we live the Fitwise values every day.

Our culture is one where everyone feels supported, respected and safe. Our clients and our team, experience a leading-edge health environment where we remember to have fun along the way.

Our Story

In 2004, Gen McGlashan and Libby Oldfield founded Fitwise Physiotherapy. They first met in 1994.  Libby was Gen’s physio when she had her first child. Gen then worked for Libby for 10 years in Libby’s previous business, located at the Epworth Freemasons Maternity Unit in East Melbourne. They have been a team working together for a very long time!!

Libby and Gen have always had a passion for empowering women, by helping provide accurate evidence based information and treatment to help women live their best lives. Excellence in all that they do, practising and operating in an innovative way has always been their core. Fitwise was the first multi-practitioner practice providing Women’s Health physiotherapy consultations, exercise classes and clinical pilates in Melbourne.

Gen and Libby

In February 2005 Gen and Libby moved their one room practice to Albert St East Melbourne. They had expanded to 2 treatment rooms, an exercise studio and a pilates studio with a small team of physiotherapists and one receptionist. This was exciting as they wanted to be able to help more people and to grow their team – enabling their other passion: teaching and mentoring clinicians who also wanted to work within the Women’s, Men’s and Pelvic Health arena.

5 years later, they expanded their East Melbourne clinic and in 2015 opened their second clinic in Armadale.

Remedial Massage, Myotherapy and Dietetics have been an exciting addition in recent years, with Podiatry and Exercise Physiology being added in 2022.

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The Fitwise team has now grown to include 18 amazing practitioners and 12 wonderful administrative team members and is still growing!

Libby and Gen have always loved providing a holistic service, treating a variety of conditions in consultations and providing exercise appropriate for different life stages. The community of clients that are part of the Fitwise family, (some who have been part of the journey from the very beginning – over 17 years ago), are the biggest reason they do what they do. For Gen and Libby, it is a privilege to be part of these wonderful people’s lives.