Consumption of vitamin D supplementation during pregnancy does not affect the baby
Levels of vitamin D consumed by pregnant mothers does not seem to be related to bone health of the baby, says a study. Scientists have not found a link between low vitamin D possessed by mothers to babies, even when they’re 10 years old.
Based on the current NHS guideline, pregnant and lactating women are expected to take 10 micrograms of vitamin D supplement every day. It is believed to increase bone strength in infants.
Even so Professor Debbie Lawlor, chief researcher at Bristol University explains that there is no strong evidence that pregnant women should take a vitamin D supplement. This was discovered after researchers analyzed vitamin D levels in 3,960 pregnant women.
In general, they did not find any significant association between vitamin D intake and vitamin D consumed by pregnant women with bone health of their children. However, researchers still recommend that pregnant women should not lack in vitamin D during pregnancy and breast feeding.
“Women who have low levels of vitamin D could be harmful to their children. Low levels of vitamin D are associated with increased risk of osteoporosis and other bone diseases in the fetus,” said Dr Tony Falvoner, president of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologist, as reported by the Daily Mail (19/03).
Some women who are likely to have low vitamin D levels during pregnancy are women from Asia, Africa, the Caribbean, women who are obese, and has a diet low in vitamin D.
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