GrassrootsHealth, an organization that promotes public health by advocating vitamin D sufficiency, published a press release this week that highlights the need for programs to promote the urgency for attention to vitamin D levels in pregnant women.¹
In a study conducted by Dr. Carol Wagner, a leading researcher, pediatrician, and neonatal-perinatal medical expert found, “about 50% of the co-morbidities of pregnancy, from preeclampsia to preterm labor, infections, and gestational diabetes appear to be directly related to vitamin D deficiency.”²
The study reported that 82% of the pregnant women who participated were considered vitamin D deficient. It took 4000 IU/day of vitamin D to get women to the D*action recommended level of 40 ng/ml. Over the 6 year period of the study, supplementing at this level was shown to be safe.²
The new campaign, called “Protect Our Children Now”, is being launched in San Diego, where approximately 5,000 women a year suffer pregnancy complications, roughly half of which could be attributed to vitamin D deficiency when applying the statistics of the Wagner study. The program looks to enroll 1,000 pregnant women and will demonstrate the results of vitamin D health both during pregnancy and in the health of the newborns.¹ Data collected from the study would be used in scientific reporting to develop community action toward advancing this public health initiative.
Smart sun exposure is a good way to help boost vitamin D levels. The Natural Vitamin D UV Activation Sensor by SkinHealth Technology gauges the amount of UV light necessary to optimize vitamin D production within the body but before sunburn damage can occur.