How Vitamin D Amounts Affect Pregnancy
In this article we will evaluate how change in vitamin D levels affects pregnancy and the outcome of pregnancy.
Before now, there has been no veritable evidence showing clearly how the change in amounts of vitamin D can influence pregnancy or affect pregnancy outcome. That’s what we shall find out in this article.
Vitamin D is good for healthy bones and teeth. That’s a known fact. What we want to find out is if change in amount of vitamin D affects pregnancy – does it cause low birth weight, high birth weight, small baby, big baby, preterm birth etc.
In a study done in Brazil, evaluating vitamin D during pregnancy and it’s association with birth outcomes, some findings were made.
Effects of Change in Amounts of Vitamin D During Pregnancy.
- Increased risk of preterm Birth
Increased rate of change in the amount of vitamin D in the body during pregnancy increases the chances of preterm birth, preterm birth means delivering your baby before its due for delivery.
The normal time for a baby to be delivered is an average of 9months. In preterm, you might see a baby coming out around 6-7 months.
- Increased chances of Having Large babies
Vitamin D variation in amounts causes the baby to be larger than normal.
Babies that are larger than they should be for age have alot of problems during delivery. Most times they may not be able able to pass through the birth canal. That will result to cutting the woman open.
- Increased risk of high birth weight
A baby weighing above 4.5kg is high birth weight. There are lots of issues associated with high birth weight like diabetes.
Natural sources of Vitamin D
- Egg yolk
- Beef liver
- Orange juice and other foods fortified with vitamin D like milk
Use natural sources of vitamin D. Some Foods good in vitamin D are listed above The body usually regulates it better and maintains a stable amount that the body needs.
Taking articifial stuffs will upset easily the body normal maintenance mechanism.
Benaim, C., Carrilho, T.R.B., Farias, D.R. et al. Vitamin D during pregnancy and its association with birth outcomes: a Brazilian cohort study. Eur J Clin Nutr (2020). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41430-020-00733-0