Promoting vitamin D uptake in pregnancy and the puerperium

Sanders, Ruth and Lamb, Kathryn (2015) Promoting vitamin D uptake in pregnancy and the puerperium. British Journal of Midwifery, 23 (Sup 7). pp. 5-9. ISSN 0969-4900

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Abstract

Vitamin D deficiency throughout the childbearing continuum is a major public health issue, and supplementation is an arguably cost-effective and simple way of increasing maternal health and ensuring fetal wellbeing (Christesen et al, 2012). The evidence underpinning supplementation needs further exploration to accurately determine safe and appropriate levels of vitamin D to avoid toxicity and prevent harmful effects to mother and baby (World Health Organization, 2012). Despite this, maternity health professionals in the UK should advise routine vitamin D supplementation for all women in line with national guidance (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, 2014). As key providers of public health information, midwives and health visitors hold an important role in advice and management of vitamin D deficiency and supplementation, including educating women and families around associated risks and how to increase vitamin D uptake.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: vitamin d,supplementation,pregnancy,puerperium,postnatal,breastfeeding,public health,health promotion,midwife,health visitor
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > School of Health Sciences
Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 09 May 2018 15:30
Last Modified: 22 Apr 2020 06:37
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/66991
DOI: 10.12968/bjom.2015.23.Sup7.5

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