Vitamin D Supplementation Reduces Risk of Premature Birth
Increasing your intake of vitamin D during pregnancy may decrease the odds of a preterm birth, the number one cause of mortality in newborn infants.
A recent study split 509 pregnant women into two groups to measure whether low vitamin D levels could be associated with premature births. The findings suggest that women who achieved at least 40ng/mL (nanogram per millimeter) had a 57% lower risk of preterm birth compared to those who had 20ng/mL or less, which is typical for many healthy women.
These findings suggest that supplementation of vitamin D improves health outcomes for you and your newborn, and decreases the risk of preterm birth and going into preterm labor. Read more in-depth details of the findings.
Worried that you aren’t getting enough vitamin D?
Try these tips:
- Taking your VD supplement with a meal that contains rich oils. Fatty fish, red meat, oil-based salad dressing, or a few slices of avocado will help with higher absorption.
- Buy D3, you can find it at your local health food market
- Talk to your doctor about getting your VD reading and how to supplement appropriately