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.”
Folic acid is important to take during pregnancy because it helps your baby’s nervous system to develop.
Iron makes red blood cells for both you and your baby. If you are anaemic or are expecting twins your doctor may prescribe you iron supplements in pregnancy.
Now I'm in the third trimester I have to remind myself to be more cautious. This is frustrating as lockdown is easing at the time I need to be extra careful!
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