Pregnancy and Vitamin K-1

Vitamin K-1

Function in Pregnancy: Vitamin K-1 activates clotting factors in the blood, helping to prevent hemorrhage in both mother and baby. Babies do not produce vitamin K-1 and must rely on the supply available in the breast milk.

Symptoms of deficiency: Frequent bruises, nose bleeds, a history of heavy menstrual periods, gastrointestinal bleeding and blood in the urine. Having a history of antibiotic use or difficulty digesting fat both indicate a likely deficiency.

Effects of deficiency on mother and baby: Increased chance of miscarriage and postpartum hemorrhage, as well as fetal intercranial hemorrhage during or after birth.

Sources (Each choice proves 50% of your daily K-1, pick two):

• 1/2 cup of cooked dark leafy greens
• 1/2 cup raw sauerkraut
• 1 cup raw green leaf lettuce (not iceberg)
• 1 cup cooked broccoli
• 1 cup cooked brussel sprouts
• 1/4 cup raw parsley
• 1/2 cup raw cilantro
• 6 Tablespoons pine nuts


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