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Archive » 2014 » 3 » | Archive » Medical field » Fields » Gynecology and Obstetrics » Archive » Medical field » Fields » Pediatrics »

Influence of Vitamin D on Maternal, Fetal and Neonatal Health

 
Abstract:

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Various observational studies implicated the potential role of vitamin D in maternal, fetal, neonatal and infant health. Vitamin D deficiency could influence the development of gestational diabetes, pre-eclampsia, fetal growth restriction and different childhood diseases such as lower respiratory tract infection and eczema. We do not yet have any exact data on the prevalence of vitamin D insufficiency in different age and risk subgroups of the Slovenian population. While Slovenian guidelines for vitamin D supplementation in infants already exist, there are no guidelines for vitamin D supplementation in pregnant women. This article explains vitamin D physiology in pregnancy and the role of sufficient vitamin D concentration in the health of pregnant women, fetuses and neonates.

Authors:
Dovnik Andraž, Mujezinović Faris, Takač Iztok

Keywords:
vitamin D, pregnancy, neonate, physiology, deficiency

Cite as:
Med Razgl. 2014; 53 (3): 365–78.

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