Vitamin D in pregnancy

18 November 2015  |  Editor

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Vitamin D deficiency in pregnant women

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A recent Belfast study has highlighted a widespread deficiency of vitamin D in pregnant women. The study demonstrated that of 99 pregnant women, 16 % were classified as vitamin D deficient, and 75 % were classified as vitamin D insufficient at  35 weeks gestation, respectively.

Vitamin D supplementation has been shown to have numerous benefits in pregnancy, including reducing the risk of pre-eclampsia by as much as 27%. A 2010 review of vitamin D in pregnancy argues for vitamin D deficiency to be taken very seriously indeed:

“It appears that vitamin D insufficiency during pregnancy is potentially associated with increased risk of preeclampsia, insulin resistance and gestational diabetes mellitus. Furthermore, experimental data also anticipate that vitamin D sufficiency is critical for fetal development, and especially for fetal brain development and immunological functions. Vitamin D deficiency during pregnancy may, therefore, not only impair maternal skeletal preservation and fetal skeletal formation but also be vital to the fetal ’imprinting’ that may affect chronic disease susceptibility soon after birth as well as later in life.”

When we consider vitamin D’s role in gene expression and protein formation, we can well understand these concerns.

We have a number of articles about different aspects of Vitamin D and the vital roll it plays. Click of any link below to look at that subject or, below the links, click to bring up a printable PDF document covering all of the subjects by the excellent Nutrigold company, which also incorporates references.