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Prenatal Vitamin D Intake Affects Child's Bone Health

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U.K. researchers recently studied how vitamin D intake during pregnancy might affect child bone health later in life.

The study, published in The Lancet, showed that children of women who received vitamin D supplementation during pregnancy had stronger bones at age nine, compared to children of women who lacked sufficient vitamin D intake during pregnancy. Children with stronger bones are at a decreased risk of developing osteoporosis (and related fractures) later in life.

BabyFit Tip: Of course, calcium is important for bone health, but so is vitamin D-without it, your body is unable to absorb enough calcium. Unfortunately, both healthy pregnant women and the elderly at are an increased risk for vitamin D deficiency.

Vitamin D can be found in fortified milk and cereals, eggs, tuna, and saltwater fish, but getting 10-15 minutes of sunlight (without wearing SPF, which blocks the sun's rays), a couple times per week, also helps the body make vitamin D. Pregnant and nursing moms should aim for 200 IU of vitamin D daily. If you're concerned about your vitamin D intake, discuss possible supplementation with your health care provider. Click here to learn more about vitamin D's role and its sources.
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Nicole Nichols
Nicole earned her bachelor's degree in health promotion and education, specializing in exercise and fitness, from the University of Cincinnati. She maintains several fitness certifications, including prenatal and postpartum exercise design.
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