I live in the great Northwest, and as beautiful as it is, it also comes with fairly long, chilly winters meaning less frequent sun exposure to my skin. Considering the majority of my pregnancy has taken place through these winter months, I have made a conscious effort to get enough Vitamin D. Also known as the "Sunshine Vitamin,” your body converts sunlight into vitamin D after it hits unprotected skin.
Why is this important? Because vitamin D supports normal fetal growth during pregnancy, including bone, neurologic, and immune system development. Other new, interesting information found in a recent study published in the journal Pediatrics suggests if a woman has low vitamin D levels during pregnancy, her baby may have an increased risk of getting eczema through the first year of life (1).
Also, low maternal vitamin D levels (<40 ng/mL) during pregnancy may be associated with an increased risk of preeclampsia, gestational diabetes mellitus, infection, preterm birth and a baby born...Read More