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Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Sun For Unborn Baby's Bones

Pregnancy Over 40, Get Sunlight and Vitamin D

If you're pregnant, get a little sunshine.
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According to this article, it could help your baby's bone width and strength.  You baby's bone mass can be increased with Vitamin D.

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insciences.org

Those children born to mothers with the highest sun exposure were ½ cm taller on average, and had 12.75 cm² extra bone area due to increases in bone width, compared with children born in the darkest months.

Taller people tend to have wider bones, but these children had increased bone width over and above that accounted for by their extra height.

The researchers believe that this increase in bone mass is attributable to Vitamin D levels. Sunlight on the skin generates Vitamin D, which works together with calcium to build bones. For most people, sunlight is their main source of Vitamin D.

ALSPAC’S research indicates that Vitamin D is important for bone-building even in the womb.

In addition to studying the meteorological data, the researchers measured Vitamin D levels in the blood of 350 of the mothers in the 37th week of pregnancy, and the results closely mirrored levels of sun exposure.

Jon Tobias,Professor of Rheumatology at Bristol University and researcher on the project, said: "Wider bones are thought to be stronger and less prone to breaking as a result of osteoporosis in later life, so anything that affects early bone development is significant.

"Pregnant women might consider talking to their doctor about taking Vitamin D supplements, particularly if their babies are due between November and May, when sunlight levels are low."

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