Canadians Advocate Boosting Vitamin D in Pregnancy

A Canadian medical society recommends pregnant women and nursing moms boost their intake of vitamin D dramatically

By Janet Raloff, 15:58 PM April 15, 2008

Canadian pediatricians certainly aren't shirking controversy when it comes to a vitamin guideline they've developed for pregnant women and nursing moms. They're asking these women to boost their intake of vitamin D dramatically—to 10 times the daily doses advocated by most health organizations in the States. This new prescription is aimed at combating rickets—leg deformations caused by soft bones—in youngsters who get too little of the sunshine vitamin.

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