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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 19  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 89-92

Pregnancy and Vitamin D

1 Department of Internal Medicine, Smt. Kashibai Navale Medical College, Pune, Maharashtra, India
2 Department of Obst & Gynecology, Smt. Kashibai Navale Medical College, Pune, Maharashtra, India

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Jitendra Ingole
Smt. Kashibai Navale Medical College, Pune, Maharashtra
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DOI: 10.4103/0971-9903.138426

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Vitamin D insufficiency is common in women across different races of childbearing age. It is being increasingly discovered that vitamin D has many important bodily functions apart from skeletal actions pertaining to Calcium homeostasis. Evidence suggests that the maternal risks due to vitamin D deficiency includes eclampsia, increased risk of gestational diabetes mellitus, glucose intolerance; and fetal risks include risk of rickets, osteoporotic fracture in late adulthood. It may be prudent to include screening of all pregnant women for vitamin D level as a part of routine antenatal care and supplementation be given if found deficient.

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