Some women get all the vitamin D they need from the sun. Others need a healthy diet or pills
A few minutes in the sun can give you more vitamin D than milk or fish.-
Dr. Carol Wagner is a specialist in neonatal and perinatal medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina, doing research on human milk and vitamin D in pregnant women and their babies.
We get most of the vitamins we need from fruits and vegetables, but not vitamin D. Vitamin D literally grows our skin after a healthy dose of sunshine. Or it comes from fish, milk or pills that we need to add what we can't get from those other sources. Dr. Carol Wagner, a professor of pediatrics at the Medical University of South Carolina, focuses her research on vitamin D requirements of pregnant and lactating women and their infants, as well as the long-term impact of vitamin D deficiency on health.
Dr. Wagner stresses the importance of vitamin D in a baby's life, which really extends from the time of conception until a toddler turns two. In Getting enough vitamin D for Nutrition4Kids, she answers parents' questions about vitamin D during pregnancy and what happens if a mom has a low level of the vitamin. Other videos in the series include: the importance of vitamins, vitamin D fighting infections, the particular need for vitamin D during pregnancy, the amount pregnant moms need, and vitamin D in breastmilk.
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