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Importance of vitamin D supplementation in pregnancy

Importance of vitamin D supplementation in pregnancy

The researchers explained that women who take vitamin D during pregnancy have a lower risk of facing respiratory diseases after their babies are born.

Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is one of the most common causes of pneumonia and bronchitis. Many children survive the drug treatment and many of them are hospitalized. Respiratory problems may persist during childhood in some children.

Since there is no cure for RSV, experts say that prevention should be focused on. One way to do this is to take vitamin D supplements for mothers during pregnancy. Experts emphasize that if mothers do not take Vitamin D, their baby's level of vitamin D in cord blood will be low and RSV risks will be high.

As a result, researchers emphasize that vitamin D supplementation is vital, especially during the late pregnancy. In America alone, 5 million children are caught with RSV every year. But if the mother takes a vitamin D supplement, the risk is reduced by 20%.

Compiled by: Ilgaz Kocaoglan