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Diet and fitness facts for your wellbeing

SCIENCE UPDATE

D FOR A HEALTHY DELIVERY

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH recommendations that all pregnant women take a 10mcg supplement of vitamin D have been backed up by a new Dutch study. More than 7,000 mothers-to-be were studied and had their blood levels of vitamin D measured at around 20 weeks into their pregnancy. Those who had the lowest levels were more likely to have a pre-term delivery and smaller baby. So, if you’re pregnant (or planning a pregnancy), make sure you take a suitable supplement and eat more vitamin D-rich foods such as oily fish (stick to two portions per week), eggs and fortified cereals and yogurts.

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