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Monday, 19 February 2018
Vitamin D deficiency in pregnant women could preprogram babies to grow into obese children and adults, according to a Keck School of Medicine of USC-led study.
While certain vitamins (such as folic acid) are HSE recommended in Ireland for women of child bearing age, Vitamin D is something everyone- and especially expectant mothers- should consider taking. Crucial in the absorption of calcium, the sunshine vitamin plays a vital role in you and your baby’s development. Now it appears that vitamin D can play a role in your future child’s weight and future health.
A study, published in the journal Pediatric Obesity in January, examined the data of 532 mother-child pairs in Greece. Maternal vitamin D concentrations were measured during the first prenatal visit. The child's health and weight were measured at 4 and 6 years.
Researchers found that 6-year-olds born to mothers with very low vitamin D levels during their first trimester had bigger waists -- about half an inch plumper on average -- than peers whose mothers had enough vitamin D in early pregnancy. These kids also had 2 percent more body fat.
"These increases may not seem like much, but we're not talking about older adults who have about 30 percent body fat," according to Vaia Lida Chatzi, senior author of the study and an associate professor of preventive medicine at the Keck School of Medicine. "Even a half-inch increase in waist circumference is a big deal, especially if you project this fat surplus across their life span."
With obesity a rapidly growing issue in Ireland, taking a regular Vitamin D supplement during pregnancy is a healthy way to help combat weight gain in children.
None of the Greek women in the study took prenatal vitamin D supplements. Most American doctors recommend that women start taking prenatal vitamins before trying to conceive to make sure folic acid, iron, calcium and other nutritional levels are adequate to prevent birth defects.
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Source: V. Daraki, T. Roumeliotaki, G. Chalkiadaki, M. Katrinaki, M. Karachaliou, V. Leventakou, M. Vafeiadi, K. Sarri, M. Vassilaki, S. Papavasiliou, M. Kogevinas, L. Chatzi. Low maternal vitamin D status in pregnancy increases the risk of childhood obesity. Pediatric Obesity, 2018