New Study Suggests Vitamin D Deficiency During Pregnancy Can Lead to MS in Children

March 24th, 2016

Vitamin D and pregnancyWhen you are pregnant, taking the right amount of vitamin D will ensure your baby develops healthily. Vitamin D plays a huge role in immune function, bone health and healthy cell division, so when you are suffering from a deficiency during your pregnancy, it can have negative effects on your baby.

In fact, a recent study from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health showed that if a woman has a vitamin D deficiency during her pregnancy, it could lead to an increased risk of her child developing multiple sclerosis (MS) in adulthood.

Pregnancy Study Results

In order to come to this conclusion, researchers studied 193 individuals who had all been diagnosed with MS and who had mothers who signed up for the Finnish Maternity Cohort. They looked at blood samples from the participant’s mothers while they were pregnant and tested the samples for vitamin D levels.

Researchers found that individuals whose mothers had a vitamin D deficiency during pregnancy had a 90 percent higher risk of developing MS when they were adults, compared to children whose mothers had an optimal level of vitamin D during their pregnancy.

How to Incorporate More Vitamin D in Your Pregnancy Diet

Looking to get more vitamin D in your pregnancy diet? Try eating catfish, salmon, skim milk, orange juice and egg yolks. This will help your baby develop fully during your pregnancy. Need to talk to one of our obstetricians? Schedule an appointment with Highland OB/GYN today by calling us at (910) 485-1191.