A new medical study says a Vitamin D deficiency during pregnancy could increase the risk of having a child who develops Multiple Sclerosis (MS), a disease that attacks the nervous system. Researchers at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health published their findings this week in the journal JAMA Neurology, saying that mothers whose Vitamin D levels were below optimum during pregnancy had children who were more likely to develop MS later in life. The difference isn’t small, either. Children with an increased risk linked to a prenatal Vitamin D deficiency were found to have a 90% higher chance of developing MS. The body naturally produces Vitamin D from sunlight, but many people don’t get enough of it, especially during winter months. Vitamin D levels can be boosted through vitamin-rich foods, but mothers-to-be should discuss supplements with their prenatal care providers to ensure that they are getting a sufficient amount.
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