Pregnant? Get your vitamin D

Want to help your child develop stronger muscles? Then increase your intake of vitamin D when you’re pregnant.

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.

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