Summary of New Study on Vitamin D Deficiency During Pregnancy:
- Adequate vitamin D levels among pregnant women may be important for the optimal development of their baby.
- Language difficulties increased twofold for children whose mothers had the lowest level of vitamin D, compared with children whose mothers had normal levels of vitamin D.
- Vitamin D levels among pregnant women have decreased steadily over the past 20 years.
- Dr. Michael F. Holick, a professor of medicine, physiology and biophysics at Boston University School of Medicine, noted that vitamin D deficiency increases the risk for preeclampsia (a condition marked by increased blood pressure and protein in the urine during pregnancy) and the need for a cesarean delivery.
- Taking vitamin D supplements during pregnancy may relieve the problem.
- Pregnant women should be increasing their vitamin D intake to levels recommended by the Endocrine Society, which is 1,500 to 2,000 IU a day.
- Women who are deficient in vitamin D may need as much as 10,000 IU a day.
We both know that we had low levels of Vitamin D during our pregnancies with Annie and Brody. We wish we would have known this information. One more piece of the autism puzzle.
To read the full article, http://news.yahoo.com/moms-vitamin-d-levels-linked-language-problems-kids-170207935.html.