“Norwegian scientists looking at vitamin D levels in mothers and children during pregnancy, and up to six months after birth, have found over 30 percent of infants had inadequate levels of the vitamin at three months of age.” [Source: nutraingredients.com]
It is vital for any woman who is either expecting a child or planning to become pregnant to ensure a proper intake of all the necessary micronutrients. The early days and weeks of pregnancy, when a woman may not necessarily be aware she is pregnant, are particularly critical for fetal development. Inadequate nourishment in any phase of pregnancy will affect the organ systems, birth weight, and even survival of the baby. This is important because the way the organs develop during pregnancy can determine how their growth continues after the baby is born.
Recent research shows many women are not getting adequate nutrition during either preconception or pregnancy. There is increasing recognition of the importance of vitamin D, with research showing a deficiency of this nutrient during pregnancy is connected to an increased risk of miscarriage and an elevated risk of the child developing ADHD. Maternal vitamin D deficiency may also cause cognitive and physical development impairment in newborns, as well as increase the risk of diabetes in the mother-to-be.