Vitamin D is a tricky nutrient to get enough of, but it’s important to do so. For pregnant women in particular, inadequate levels may potentially harm unborn children.
During pregnancy, if you are regularly exposed to air pollution – for instance, if you live in a city or near a factory – you may be more likely to have a lower level of vitamin D. To rectify this, you can take an all-natural supplement, such as Dr. Pinkus’ Sublingual Vitamin D-3 made by Dr. Newton’s Naturals.
Researchers from the National Institute of Health and Medical Research in Paris, France analyzed the relationship between gestational exposure to pollution and cord blood serum levels. They found expectant moms who were exposed to unclear air throughout their pregnancy were more likely give birth to a baby with a vitamin D deficiency, which could lead to other health conditions, such as asthma and allergies.
“We investigated the associations between gestational exposure to urban air pollutants and vitamin D cord blood serum level,” said Nour Baiz, the lead researcher of the study. “Our findings show for the first time, that exposure to ambient air pollution comparable to current World Health Organization standards might contribute to vitamin D deficiency in newborns.”
One of the easiest ways to get your recommended daily allowance of vitamin D is to spend time out in the sun, which triggers your body to produce it. The nutrient can also be consumed through diet by eating foods such as cooked salmon, canned tuna fish, yogurt and eggs, according to the U.S. Office of Dietary Supplements.