That’s the takeaway from new research published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism. It finds that mothers who have a higher intake of vitamin D during pregnancy are more likely to have children with stronger muscles.
The researches note that pregnant women should increase their intake of the vitamin by 10 micrograms a day, but that this recommendation is often ignored.
Vitamin D helps regulate calcium and phosphate in the bloodstream. The main source of vitamin D is sunlight, but foods such as oily fish, eggs, fortified cereals and powdered milk are other sources.
Talk to your doctor about your vitamin D levels.