Expectant mothers deficient in vitamin D
PREGNANT women in Ireland have severe vitamin D deficiencies threatening the growth of their babies, a study warned yesterday.
Researchers who tracked 64 expectant mothers found their intake of the vitamin -- essential for children's healthy teeth and bone development -- was 80pc below recommended levels.
The study found that less than a quarter of pregnant women surveyed consumed oily fish such as salmon or mackerel, the best dietary source of vitamin D.
One reason may be because women are often guided towards plain carbohydrate foods, which are low in the vitamin, during early pregnancy to ease nausea, experts said.