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Vitamin D good for pregnancy

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David Liu, PHD

Sunday Oct 05, 2012 (foodconsumer.org) -- Christesen HT at Odense University Hospital in Odense, Denmark and colleagues conducted a review of previous studies and found evidence to suggest taking vitamin D supplements provides pregnant women with a range of benefits.

According to the researchers, clinical trials found taking high doses of vitamin D helped prevent vitamin D deficiency, increased weight gain and reduced classical vitamin D deficiency symptoms.

Also observational studies suggest that lower vitamin D intake or low serum 25(OH)D levels were associated with adverse fertility parameters, preeclampsia, gestational diabetes or higher blood glucose, bacterial vaginosis, primary cesarean section, none or a few day' shorter gestation, and post partum depression.

 The review was published in Acta Obstet Gynecol Scand.

Dr. John Cannell, Director of Vitamin D Council says that prenatal vitamin D can also benefit the fetus.  Vitamin D deficiency in pregnancy has been associated with retarded growth of the brain and high risk of autism in children.

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