Vitamin D Advice for New Mothers

The Scottish government is advising women who are planning a pregnancy to take vitamin D supplements. The new strategy is intended to emphasize how nutritional choices start before conception.

Previous infant nutrition policies had concentrated on breastfeeding alone. Many women of childbearing age in Scotland are known to be deficient in key nutrients such as calcium, folate and vitamin D.

BBC News reports:

"The main source of vitamin D is sunshine and women living in northern latitudes such as Scotland often do not get enough to ensure healthy growth of the fetus."

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