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February 24, 2020

Maternal Vitamin D and Offspring Bone Mineral Parameters and Growth

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  • 1Children’s Hospital, Pediatric Research Center, University of Helsinki, and Helsinki University Hospital, Helsinki, Finland
  • 2Research Program for Clinical and Molecular Metabolism, Faculty of Medicine, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland
JAMA Pediatr. 2020;174(5):409-410. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2019.6102

Maternal vitamin D deficiency remains a substantial health problem in many areas. In addition to nutritional factors and the use of vitamin D supplements, other factors, such as genetic determinants and the current Western indoor lifestyle, affect not only vitamin D status but also bone strength and mineral accrual. Many health authorities recommend maternal vitamin D supplementation to prevent vitamin D deficiency and associated adverse pregnancy and offspring outcomes.1 Commonly, daily supplementation of 400 to 600 IU of vitamin D is recommended for pregnant women.

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