New research published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism suggests that vitamin D supplementation during pregnancy may help improve Apgar scores in newborns.
There is much interest in vitamin D during pregnancy. Researchers are interested if low vitamin D levels during pregnancy increases risk of developing certain conditions during pregnancy, like preeclampsia, and certain complications, like needing a C-section. They’re also interested if low vitamin D levels during pregnancy increases risk of offspring developing a wide array of diseases, from cardiovascular diseases to autoimmune diseases to developmental disorders.
To date, we have lots of observational data showing that vitamin D deficiency is indeed linked to these diseases and complications. However, we’re still lacking good quantities of interventional data to see if vitamin D deficiency causes some of these diseases and complications.