Recent studies show that mothers with low levels of vitamin D during their pregnancy usually have children who have problems with speech and often need clinical treatment. For research was used D vitamin concentration sample of 700 pregnant women and it was followed child’s language development and skills by age 17. The most problems with speech and language skills the children had between age 5 and 7.
The scientists realized that D vitamin which is very important for proper baby’s development was lower in women who spent less time on the sun. Such lack of D vitamin had an impact on baby’s brain development which explained this connection between child’s baby’s language skills and sun. Sun light is the main source of vitamin D and deficiency of this vitamin is increasing rapidly and at the moment affects over 60% of women. This is the result of cancer awareness today and sunscreen products which are used worldwide. Beside that women spend less time exposed to the sun than 20 years ago.
It is important to protect from the sun and not recommended to spend a long time for sunbathe but D vitamin is important for proper development of your baby and that is why sou should take some D vitamin supplements during pregnancy which will lower the risk. Even baby’s language skills and sun are related, lack of D vitamin will be reduced with supplements and with that risk of languages difficulties later.
This research should be a reason for new moms to test their D vitamin levels regularly and to consult their doctor about options for taking D vitamin supplements and to eat foods that will increase the amount of D vitamin in their body. No matter you take vitamins, try to spend at least 30 min daily on sun in some slow walk, watching shop windows or just reading a book on your balcony or garden. That way you will help your body to accumulate D vitamin that is necessary for proper health but also more than needed for your baby’s proper development and especially her brain.
Making such testing standard for all future moms will reduce numbers of babies with language problems and it is very important that D vitamin level testing becomes part of the usual check up during pregnancy. That way new moms will know exactly how their body changes and when the D vitamin level is dropping which will allow them to add more foods that contains D vitamin and to start with D vitamin supplements recommended by her doctor.
Baby’s language skills are very important not only at the beginning but also later through life and that is why the lack of D vitamin during pregnancy should be taken seriously. If you want to have a healthy and properly developed baby, you have to care of your body properly during pregnancy and to make sure to get enough vitamins and healthy foods that will help you deliver one healthy and happy baby.