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Vitamin D Deficiency In Pregnancy Could Lead To Language Problems Later
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Vitamin D Deficiency In Pregnancy Could Lead to Language Problems Later

Nutrition during early pregnancy is a well established fact, providing all the nutrients that the growing fetus needs for his optimal development. New research is showing that Vitamin D deficiency in early to mid pregnancy can potentially lead to a problem with proper language development later in life. Low Vitamin D levels have already been established as causing problems for both children and animals.

Since low Vitamin D levels have been established in over half of all Caucasian women, the new study focused on that group. Researchers estimate that among other groups, however, the level of this nutrient might be even lower. The study, published in the journal, Pediatrics, was carried out by a group of Australian researchers. Prue Hart was the lead author for that study and led the research team.

The study focused on over seven hundred Caucasian children, testing them against a behavior checklist at the age of twenty four months and then scoring them on a vocabulary list when they reached age five. Over four hundred of those children were followed until they were seventeen years old. Researchers found that the children whose mothers had had a Vitamin D deficiency when they were at a key part of their pregnancy had a nearly doubled risk of developing some level of language problems.

Babies rely on the nutrients in their mother's blood streams while they are developing in the womb. Vitamin D for instance, is key at around eighteen weeks of gestation, just between the second and third trimester. The nutrient, found in a number of food sources as well as from some exposure to sunlight, is vital to neurodevelopment which was reflected in the decreased language scores in those children whose mother's were deficient during pregnancy.

Vitamin D has been the nutritional poster child of late with more attention being paid to it after years of being thought of as merely an afterthought vitamin. Linked to a number of serious and chronic conditions, it is estimated that virtually no one has the right level of Vitamin D without some supplementation. During pregnancy, the needs for certain nutrients increase to account for the development and growth of the fetus as well as to care for the woman's own expanding body and increased blood volume. Most prenatal vitamins do contain some Vitamin D, however, if the woman is already deficient at the start of her pregnancy, it might not be enough to give the optimal amount to her fetus.


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