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• A recent study shows that taking vitamin D while pregnant could reduce the risk of your baby developing RSV.
• Vitamin D can also reduce the risk of certain complications, such as gestational diabetes, infection, and preterm birth.
• Consult with your doctor about how much vitamin D you should be taking.
Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is a very common viral disease of the lungs that can be particularly dangerous for newborns. Premature babies and children with other medical conditions are most particularly at risk.
A new study published by the American Academy of Pediatrics shows that taking vitamin D while pregnant could reduce the risk of your baby developing RSV. According to the study, babies born with low levels of vitamin D were six times more likely to develop RSV infections than babies born with high levels.
Research also suggests that taking high doses of vitamin D while pregnant can significantly reduce the risk of certain complications, such as gestational diabetes, infection, and preterm birth.
Although studies show that pregnant women might need more vitamin D than normally recommended, taking too much vitamin D can put you at risk for toxicity. So be sure to talk to your doctor about how much vitamin D and other vitamins you should be taking.
For More Information:
Vitamin D can prevent RSV, new study says (Deseret News)
Vitamin D Plays Role in Prevention of RSV Infection in Infants (healthychildren.org)