Lately, all kinds of research is showing the benefit of higher doses of vitamin D than used to be recommended. This latest study adds pregnant women to the list of people who could benefit from more vitamin D: or rather, their babies could. . . .

This huge study of 1,200 pairs of mothers and children found that the mothers who got the most vitamin D during pregnancy (724IU) had a 61% lower risk of having a child with recurrent wheezing than the mothers who got the least (356IU).

Another recent study (J Nutr 2007;137:447-52) found that despite taking prenatal mutivitamins, many women still gave birth to babies with vitamin D deficiencies, suggesting again the need for higher doses. They recommend pregnant women get 1,000IU of D

  • Am J Clin Nutr 2007;85:788-95

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