How does retinol affect pregnancy?

The known and proven effects of retinol and vitamin A on infant development and pregnancy depend on your dosage amount. A proper amount of vitamin A, not too much and not too little, can help fetal development during pregnancy. However, too much vitamin A and retinol can cause severe birth defects like a growth on the top of the skull, somewhat like a brain tumor. Too little vitamin A and retinol can result in malnutrition for both mother and child. The recommended dosage for mothers is 750 micrograms a day if you are under 18 and 770 micrograms a day if you are over 19. For lactating women, the daily allowance of vitamin A includes 1,300 micrograms.

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