Vitamin D is an essential nutrient that people need in order for their body to function properly. It works to maintain normal blood levels of calcium and phosphorus, and increases bone mineral density, reducing the risk of fractures, as reported by the Mayo Clinic. In addition, recent studies have revealed that it may also provide protection against the development of osteoporosis, high blood pressure, cancer and some autoimmune diseases.
Another study published in the journal Pediatrics found that mothers with healthy levels of vitamin D were more likely to give birth to babies who scored higher on development examinations, as compared to those born to moms with a deficiency of the nutrient. Spanish researchers examined approximately 2,000 mothers and their infants for this research, and found that a lack of maternal vitamin D may lead to poor mental and movement abilities in babies, as reported by WebMD.
Individuals can increase their vitamin D intake by taking an all-natural supplement, such as Dr. Pinkus’ Sublingual D-3 made by Dr. Newton’s Naturals. It’s important for adults to get adequate levels of the nutrient before trying to conceive, and then continue a healthy, well-balanced diet once they are pregnant.
“This study is really going to open the door for those of us who have been advocating a stronger stance on vitamin D recommendations for pregnancy and pre-pregnancy,” said Valencia Walker, M.D., a neonatologist working in California, as quoted by the news source. “This study helps prove that D matters, and that pregnant women should not be vitamin D deficient.”
Besides taking a supplement, women can try to eat more foods rich in vitamin D, such as salmon, orange juice and yogurt, according to the U.S. Office of Dietary Supplements. In addition, sunlight can trigger the skin to produce the nutrient.