New research from the University of Glasgow suggests that children conceived during winter months may be more likely to have learning difficulties. The study links low vitamin D levels in mothers who conceived between January and March, to children with conditions such as dyslexia. While this research reinforces the importance of taking vitamin D in pregnancy, we would encourage Mums-to-be who conceived in winter months not to worry.
Our midwife Kate explains why:
“The cause of learning difficulties is complex and poorly understood, there are many factors which may contribute to whether a child has learning difficulties or not. We do know that having sufficient levels of vitamin D is important and pregnant women are advised to take a vitamin D supplement throughout pregnancy and while breastfeeding. If you have limited exposure to sunlight, have a high BMI or a darker skin tone then you may need a higher dose of vitamin D; have a discussion with your midwife or GP if you think this applies to you.”
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