Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Title

British Journal of Midwifery

Publisher

MA Healthcare Ltd

School

School of Nursing and Midwifery / Centre for Nursing, Midwifery and Health Services Research

RAS ID

31689

Comments

Jarvis, G., & Geraghty, S. (2020). Importance of vitamin D during the antenatal period for maternal well-being. British Journal of Midwifery, 28(6), 353-358. https://doi.org/10.12968/bjom.2020.28.6.353

Abstract

Vitamin D deficiency is widely recognised as a major public health issue around the world; and is essential for optimal development and strengthening of the musculoskeletal system including the prevention of conditions such as osteoporosis, osteopenia and rickets. The association between vitamin D and childhood rickets has led to the fortification of food sources and consequently the eradication of the rickets disease. Vitamin D levels are of particular importance for pregnant women, especially for the development of the bone and muscle development of the fetus. In the last decade there has been a substantial increase in the incidence of vitamin D deficiency and the re-emergence of the childhood rickets disease. It is vital that vitamin D levels are at optimal levels during pregnancy as maternal calcium demands increase significantly to meet the demands of the developing fetus, especially in the third trimester.

DOI

10.12968/bjom.2020.28.6.353

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