Vitamin D May Reduce C-Section Risks
The newest research suggests that taking more vitamin D may cut a woman's risk for complications of pregnancy and caesarean delivery. This data flies in the face of the long-held position that taking too much vitamin D might be toxic for a growing fetus. Now this view is being rocked at its very foundations.
This study was a collaborative effort by Dr. Bruce Hollis who is the director of pediatric nutritional sciences at South Carolina's Medical University and Dr. Michael F. Holick, a researcher at Boston University's School of Medicine. The results of the study indicate that pregnant women aren't getting enough vitamin D from diet alone.
Hollis and colleagues studied 500 women of at least 12 weeks gestation. The women were divided into groups and given varying doses of vitamin D supplements. Some women were given 400 IU of vitamin D, with others taking 2,000 or 4,000 IU. The women who consumed the highest amount of the vitamin on a daily basis were found to be the least likely to experience premature labor, premature delivery, and also developed far fewer infections during the course of their pregnancies.