Babies’ bones may benefit from vitamin D supplements

Scientists discover that vitamin D supplementation during pregnancy may strengthen the bones of babies born in winter.

new born infant asleep in the blanket in delivery room

Researchers at the University of Southampton’s Epidemiology Unit conducted a randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial of vitamin D supplements in pregnancy with over 1,000 pregnant women across Southampton, Oxford and Sheffield.

Women either took 1000 units of vitamin D each day or a placebo from 14 weeks pregnant until delivery of the baby. The results indicated that vitamin D was ‘highly effective at increasing vitamin D levels in the mother.’ More than 80 per cent of the women who took supplements had a satisfactory vitamin D level, compared with 35 per cent in the placebo group.

 

Further analysis showed that babies born during the winter from the mother’s who took the supplements had a greater bone mass than those born to mothers who received the placebo.

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