Prenatal Vitamins and Vitamin D Photo: Getty Images / The Bump
Here’s another reason to remember to take your prenatal vitamin. A new study, conducted in the Netherlands and reported in the journal Pediatrics, tested the cord blood plasma in 156 newborns. A whopping 54 percent of the babies were born with insufficient vitamin D levels. Those babies were six times as likely to develop respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) in their first year of life than babies with healthy vitamin D levels. RSV can cause lower respiratory infections, say the study’s authors.
Most prenatal vitamins contain vitamin D -- if yours doesn’t, it might be a good idea to ask your doc if you should switch. And don’t forget to take it every day!
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Plus, find everything you need to know about prenatals here.
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