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Pregnant woman are not getting enough vitamin D, according to new research.
While taking prenatal vitamins does raise vitamin D levels in mothers-to-be, the study suggested higher doses are needed for many women.
Study author Professor Adit Ginde, from the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine, said: 'We already know vitamin D is important for bone health of the mother and infant, but we are just starting to scratch the surface about the many potential health benefits of vitamin D during pregnancy.'
Pregnant women taking a daily multivitamin pill have bigger babies, a study shows. Taking the supplement cuts the risk of having low birth-weight babies, which can have health problems. This is the first study to show multivitamins specially tailored for pregnancy make a difference for women living in developed countries.
It was already known that the pills work in developing countries, where food may be scarce and diets lacking in nutrients. The study looked at the effect of multivitamins on 400 pregnant women with vitamin and mineral deficiencies living in East London.