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Tuesday 22 July 2014

Vitamin D during pregnancy doesn't aid child's bones, study shows

Liam O'Brien

Published 19/03/2013|09:53

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Vitamin D during pregnancy doesn't aid child's bones, study shows

Official health guidelines could be overstating the importance of taking Vitamin D supplements during pregnancy, a report has shown.

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A study of nearly 4,000 pairs of mothers and their children published in health journal The Lancet showed that maternal vitamin D levels are not associated with the child’s bone health later in life.

Professor Debbie Lawlor of the University of Bristol said: “We believe that there is no strong evidence that pregnant women should receive vitamin D supplementation to prevent low BMC (bone mineral content) in their offspring, although we cannot comment on other possible effects of vitamin D in pregnant women.”

The NHS in the UK recommends that pregnant women, as well as women who breastfeed, should take a 10 micrograms supplement of vitamin D each day. A lack of Vitamin D can cause bones to soften, potentially leading to rickets.

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