Should ALL pregnant women take vitamin D? Placenta reacts actively to the mineral helping to promote healthy organ development

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Should all pregnant women be taking vitamin D supplements as well as folic acid to prevent pregnancy complications? That’s the suggestion from new research that could potentially save the lives of mothers and their babies.

For the first time, scientists at the University of Birmingham have looked at exactly how the sunshine vitamin affects the health of the placenta, which supplies unborn babies with vital food and oxygen from their mothers.

The researchers’ breakthrough discovery is that immune cells in the placenta respond to vitamin D, actively promoting the organ’s healthy development. 

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