A new study has found that vitamin D may reduce the risk of women developing pre-eclampsia and other complications in pregnancy.
Obtaining a sufficient daily amount of vitamin D during pregnancy is vital not only for protecting the health of the developing child, but also the mother herself. Recent research looking at diabetes in pregnancy confirms this by finding the condition is linked to vitamin D deficiency.
A micronutrient that has numerous important functions, vitamin D is produced naturally in the body when skin is exposed to sunlight. While you might therefore assume that vitamin D deficiency is relatively rare, the scientific evidence suggests otherwise.
In fact, vitamin D deficiency is common in pregnancy. In Norway, it affects up to one in three pregnant women, while in the United States it affects up to fifty percent. Even in countries where there is plenty of sun, such as Turkey, vitamin D deficiency in pregnant women and their infants is still a serious health problem.
As important as vitamin D is, however, achieving optimum fetal health and outcomes in pregnancy depends on having proper levels of many other essential micronutrients as well. Dr. Rath’s groundbreaking Cellular Medicine approach demonstrates this and defines an optimum intake of specific micronutrients as a basic preventative measure for maintaining health.