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U.K. Scientists Advocate Vitamin D Supplements For Pregnant Women

July 1, 2010: 11:18 PM EST
For many years, expectant mothers in the U.K protected their babies from vitamin D deficiencies – even before vitamin D was discovered – by spending time outdoors and taking cod liver oil supplements. But health experts now advise avoidance of sun exposure, and cod liver oil is no longer recommended during pregnancy. The result is a re-emergence of vitamin D-related health problems, including rickets. According to this study, “the prevalence of hypovitaminosis D in expectant mothers in Britain is unacceptably high.” Acknowledging that there is no consensus on vitamin D supplementation among physicians, the researchers nevertheless urge that all pregnant mothers be offered vitamin D supplementation throughout the pregnancy to provide “cheap, safe and effective prevention of overt vitamin D deficiency.”
Elina Hyppönen and Barbara J. Boucher, "Avoidance of vitamin D deficiency in pregnancy in the United Kingdom: the case for a unified approach in National policy", British Journal of Nutrition Cambridge University Press, July 01, 2010, © The authors
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