Avoid too much sun if pregnant13th June 2007
Expectant mothers are being warned to avoid the sun to help protect their health and that of their babies.
The advice has been issued to pregnant women by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) with hot weather expected this summer.
It follows research that suggests minor changes to birth weight can occur when women are exposed to extreme temperatures in the first three months of pregnancy. The RCOG says pregnant women should stay out of the sun, wear loose clothing, keep well hydrated and eat healthy food little and often.
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Wednesday 20th June 2007 @ 13:51
We have a situation where MOST of the UK population are Vitamin D insufficient http://www.ajcn.org/cgi/content/abstract/85/3/860
There is an Urgent need to recommend at level of Vitamin D Supplementation that is effective.
Until we take this matter in hand it will remain that case both mothers and babies will remain Vitamin d insufficient at a time when brain development is crucial.
There is research discussing the need for Vitamin d in pregnancy and lactation. http://www.ajcn.org/cgi/content/full/79/5/717
Advice such as the above has got to be accompanied with encouragement to pregnant and nursing mothers to get regular non burning full body exposure to sunlight, of course the dangers of excessive heat and sunburn are to be avoided but the health benefits of an optimal Vitamin D3 status have to be given priority.
People need to be aware that the level of Vitamin D3 needed to ensure all the body's needs are met is higher than previously thought.
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Title: Avoid too much sun if pregnant
Author: Mark Nicholls
Article Id: 3123
Date Added: 13th Jun 2007