Vitamin D during pregnancy linked to heavier babies

April 28, 2006 in Nutrition Topics in the News, Pregnancy and Breastfeeding, Vitamins, Minerals, Supplements

Vitamin D during pregnancy linked to heavier babies
According to Canadian researchers, women who consume more milk and vitamin D during pregnancy have babies with a heavier birth weight.

The latest study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, examined the milk consumption of nearly 300 pregnant women. Researchers found that women who consumed little milk during pregnancy had lighter babies, an association linked to the vitamin D content found in milk.

Researchers found that by drinking an extra 250 ml of milk everyday, the infant birth weight would increase by 41 grams.

Previous studies have linked the vitamin to a wide range of benefit, including reduced risk of certain cancers and lower risk of osteoporosis. Another study found that higher intakes of vitamin D late in pregnancy to be linked to stronger bones in children.

While most of the body�s vitamin D comes from exposure to the sun, small amounts can be absorbed from milk, fish, liver and egg yolks. Currently in Canada, milk is fortified with vitamin D. One cup of milk provides about 90 IU of the vitamin.

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