Lack of vitamin D could lead to C-section
Caesareans are more likely for women who have a vitamin D deficiency during pregnancy, a study has found.
The report, published by the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, said the reasons why a deficiency can cause problems during childbirth are still unknown.
One theory is that a lack of vitamin D leads to muscle weakness and high blood pressure, which, in turn, results in difficulty giving birth naturally.
Michael Holick, a professor at Boston University and the senior author of the study, offered some advice for pregnant women.
‘Take a thousand-unit supplement of vitamin D, available at any pharmacy, on top of any pre-natal vitamins you’re taking, so that you’re getting 1,400 units a day,’ he said. ‘There is no downside to doing this.’
In the UK, the Food Standards Agency recommends a daily 10mcg dose of vitamin D for people who are elderly, pregnant, get little sun exposure and eat neither meat nor oily fish.