Mothers and newborns deficient in Vitamin D

According to recent studies, more then 1/3 of mothers and more than half of their infants had a vitamin D deficiency at the time of birth.

Anne Merewood, Director of the Breastfeeding Center at Boston Medical Center, and her associates measured vitamin D levels in 433 women and 376 newborns just 72 hours after birth, as well as collecting data from questionnaires completed by the mothers and from the mothers’ medical records. Results showed that vitamin D deficiency was present in 36 percent of mothers and 58 percent of the babies. What’s more, 30 percent of women who took vitamin D prenatally five or more times a week during the 3rd trimester tested deficient when they gave birth!

Other risk factors for vitamin D deficiency in infants included winter birth versus summer, African American moms and severe maternal obesity.

Merewood said: “The most obvious way to correct deficiency is sensible sun exposure… …even a small amount of time spent outdoors was protective against deficiency.”

Other vitamin D sources that could be implemented in our diet include cod liver oil, vitamin D fortified milk, and fatty fish.

Few children who are technically classified as vitamin D deficient have any apparent physical signs of deficiency, that’s why it’s important to have regular check-ups and keep an eye out for your kids. Supplements, multi-vitamins and a healthy diet are also a good way to combat vitamin deficiencies. Seeing a natural health expert or nutritionist is a great way to get one’s whole family on the right track for safe supplementation and healthy eating.

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