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Vitamin D and Pregnancy

Posted by on June 12th, 2018

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A NIH study shows a correlation between Vitamin D and miscarriage. “Our findings suggest that vitamin D may play a protective role in pregnancy,” said the study’s principal investigator Sunni L. Mumford, Ph.D.

Vitamins aid in helping with normal growth and development in the body. Vitamin D is used to absorb calcium, one of the main components of building bones. Vitamin D also plays a role in the nervous, musculoskeletal, and immune systems.

Vitamin D is obtained naturally through your skin when exposed to sunlight. It can also be obtained through diet or supplements. Foods that provide vitamin D include:

  • Fatty fish, like tuna, mackerel, and salmon
  • Foods fortified with vitamin D, like some dairy products, orange juice, soy milk, and cereals
  • Beef liver
  • Cheese
  • Egg yolks

Those who do not maintain sufficient levels of Vitamin D are at risk for osteoporosis or rickets. The new NIH study also finds that too little Vitamin D could increase the risk for miscarriage. From the news release, “Among women who became pregnant, each 10 nanogram per milliliter increase in preconception vitamin D was associated with a 12-percent lower risk of pregnancy loss.”

Although the article does not discuss cause and effect, it does acknowledge that more research is needed. Read the entire NIH press release.

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