Vit D in pregnancy results in strong children
Higher Vitamin D levels during pregnancy are associated with greater muscle strength in children, a recent study has shown. Read more...
The study, involving more than 600 mothers and their children,found that at the age of four, the children of women who had higher levels of vitamin D in late pregnancy had stronger hand grips than those whose mothers had lower levels of the vitamin.
Pregnant women are known to be a group at risk of not getting enough vitamin D. For this reason the Department of Health currently recommends that all pregnant and breastfeeding women should take a daily supplement containing 10 micrograms (or 400IU) of vitamin D. Worryingly, less than 10% of the women in this study were following this guideline.
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Read the full study: Harvey NC, Moon RJ, Sayer AA, et al. Maternal Antenatal Vitamin D Status and Offspring Muscle Development: Findings From the Southampton Women's Survey. The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism. Published online October 31 2014.