British Study Links Vitamin D Supplementation to Neonatal Growth

September 17, 2010

Maternal vitamin D supplementation appears to have a link to the growth of newborn children, according to a study published in July...s British Journal of Nutrition.

Maternal vitamin D supplementation appears to have a link to the growth of newborn children, according to a study published in July...s British Journal of Nutrition.

Dutch researchers utilized data from the Amsterdam Born Children and their Development (ABCD) cohort on 3730 women to evaluate any associations between maternal vitamin D and newborn growth rates. Serum vitamin D was measured in women during early pregnancy (median of 13 weeks) and women were grouped into three categories based on vitamin D levels: 'deficient' (less than 29.9 nmol/L ), 'insufficient' (30 to 40.0 nmol/L), and 'adequate' (equal to or greater than 50 nmol/L).

Results showed that children born of women with deficient vitamin D levels had lower birth weights and were at a greater risk of being small for gestational age.

The study abstract can be viewed at the British Journal of Nutrition.

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