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Taking Vitamin D During Pregnancy May Improve Dental Health Of Babies

NEWS

A new study has found that women who take large doses of vitamin D during pregnancy may be ensuring their children have a lower risk of dental problems.

COMMENT

There is no doubt that an optimum intake of micronutrients during pregnancy is essential for ensuring the future health of a child. Recent research confirms this by showing that expectant mothers taking multivitamins reduce the risk of autism in their children, and that using fish oil supplements during pregnancy can help reduce the risk of childhood allergies.

Many women don’t realize that pregnancy increases the demand for specific nutrients which may not be met through diet alone. Micronutrients such as vitamin C, lysine, proline, folic acid, and the B group of vitamins, among others, are essential for a healthy baby and for preventing complications during pregnancy.

Mothers with an inadequate intake of micronutrients risk affecting the organ systems, birth weight, and even survival of their babies. For example, it is well known that folic acid deficiency in a pregnant woman leads to serious neural tube defects in the fetus, which may result in miscarriage. A neural tube defect can occur even before a woman is aware that she is pregnant; therefore, any woman of childbearing age should take at least 400 mcg of folic acid daily regardless of whether she is pregnant or not. Moreover, folic acid also helps to reduce anemia, cardiovascular birth defects, and prevents intrauterine growth retardation of the baby.

To learn more about the importance of micronutrients during pregnancy, read parts one and two of the special pregnancy feature article on our website.

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