Wednesday, 02 March 2016
Vitamin D supplements could help winter babies' bones
Taking vitamin D during pregnancy could help babies born in the winter grow stronger bones
Vitamin D helps regulate your levels of calcium and phosphate, which of course are important for your baby’s bones and teeth. But new research suggests it could be especially important for winter babies.
A study by the University of Southampton found that babies born during the winter to mums who were taking vitamin D supplements had a greater bone mass than the winter babies born to mums who didn’t.
We get the majority of our vitamin D from sunlight, so of course our vitamin D levels tend to drop in the winter and therefore winter babies tend to have lower bone density than those born in the summer.
Now there’s evidence that taking vitamin D during pregnancy can counteract this and ensure good bone development in your winter baby, which could reduce their risk of breaking bones, and osteoporosis later in life.