12 August 2016 00:00

The importance of Vitamin D in pregnant women and breastfeeding mums

Whether you are pregnant, breastfeeding or just living your life Vitamin D is still a vital part of anyone's diet. It functions to provide key nutrients to help maintain strong bones. Government guidelines covering Vitamin D stipulates that an intake of 10 micrograms per day is advised for pregnant and breastfeeding women to help maintain the bones health of mother and baby.

A survey has discovered that 71%* of mums and mums to be know the importance of Folic acid during pregnancy but less than 30% of them were aware of the importance of Vitamin D.

Advice from the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) states that due to the limited sunshine during UK winter levels of Vitamin D are hard to maintain throughout the year meaning that other sources are especially important while the government has expressed concern over the deficiency of Vitamin D in adults, children and babies due in part to the weaker sunshine.

The survey completed by Nutrimum has also highlighted that mums are unsure about the effects that key vitamins and nutrients have on their babies and their development. The study showed that half of those questioned did not know about how important Omega 3 (DHA) is in the development of babies brains and eyes and a little over half (51.2%) were aware of needing an increased iron intake to boost normal blood formation and the development of the immune system.

 

*According to Nutrimum's recent survey of 250 pregnant and breastfeeding women in the UK [August 2015]

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