Vitamin D and pregnancy
vitamin; muscle; bone; rickets; deficiency; calcium; D; sun; sunshine;
- helps to maintain muscle and bone strength
- helps your body absorb calcium from food
- may also give you protection against developing diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and some types of cancer
In pregnancy, vitamin D helps the development of a baby’s bones. If you have a vitamin D deficiency (low levels of vitamin D) it can affect the amount of calcium your baby has in his or her bones. In severe deficiency this can cause a bone deformity called rickets.
For more information
The Royal Women's Hospital (Victoria)
Pregnancy, birth and baby http://www.pregnancybirthbaby.org.au/
The information on this site should not be used as an alternative to professional care. If you have a particular problem, see your doctor or midwife.