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Vitamin D and pregnancy

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Vitamin D

  • 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/ 

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