You’d think that living in Australia where winter is barely winter (minus this 2018 season of course) that we would get enough vitamin D simply by taking our kids to the playground…
Apparently, pregnant women don’t get enough of the Sun D and it may cause bone disease in babies.
Research by Ostelin shows that 70 percent of all pregnant women in Australia are Vitamin D deficient.
What is vitamin D and how much do we need?
Choice Australia states that Vitamin D helps the body absorb and use calcium and the most recent recommendations are that an adequate intake for all adults up to the age of 70, including pregnant and lactating women, is 15mcg of dietary vitamin D per day.
Most people will get enough vitamin D by spending 10 minutes in the morning or late afternoon sun with face, arms and hands exposed; this should be a bit longer in winter though (15 minutes generally, or 30 minutes in Tasmania).
Pregnant women and vitamin D
Aussie mums-to-be are being urged to take vitamin D supplements to tackle the rise in a preventable bone disease, Rickets, in babies.
Rickets is a preventable bone disease that causes weak, soft bones. If a child has softer bones, the bones can bend and become an abnormal shape. Rickets is usually caused by low vitamin D, especially if children also have low calcium or low phosphate intake, The Royal Children’s Hospital.
An unborn baby gets vitamin D from its mum, as do babies who are breastfed. If a mum-to-be is vitamin D deficient, her baby can develop the preventable disease.
Professor of Endocrine Physiology from Sydney University Rebecca Mason says rickets wasn’t seen a lot in the early part of the century in Australia, because people spent lots of time outside.
“But in the last 30 to 40 years, there has been increasing presentations. It’s still not very common, but because it is absolutely preventable, and cause major problems, it is very important to be aware of it and try to prevent it,” Mason said.
An increases of rickets cases have been reported at Monash Children’s Hospital in Melbourne and Campbelltown Hospital in Sydney.
“It’s similar to the way we prevent spina bifida by recommending folate to pregnant women.
If you want to prevent rickets then you recommend everyone take vitamin D during pregnancy and for the first 12 months of the baby’s life and what that should do is almost eradicate nutritional rickets,” Professor of Paediatric Bone and Mineral Medicine at Sydney University and lead author of the consensus Craig Munns told The Daily Telegraph.
Healthy Pregnancy Smoothies
A convenient and portion-controlled snack you can integrate as part of a well-balanced diet to ensure you are getting the right balance of nutrients PLUS our Healthy Mummy Pregnancy Smoothie contains the vitamin D ingredient Cholecalciferol.
The smoothie is also rich in fibre to prevent hunger pains and help with constipation and bloating.
You can download the Pregnancy Smoothie Label here.
You can also download a fact sheet on the pregnancy smoothie here.