Sunlight could help prevent pre-eclampsia

Vitamn D, in the form of sunlight, can reduce your chances of pre-eclampsia during pregnancy, research suggests.

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It’s the perfect excuse to get out and about. Research suggests getting enough vitamin D, produced by sunlight on the skin, can significantly reduce your risk of pre-eclampsia.

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Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh found that women who are deficient in vitamin D during early pregnancy are five times more at risk of developing the condition.

Pre-eclampsia is potentially dangerous for both mother and child.

Vitamin D is found in a small number of foods like oily fish and eggs, fortified milk, butter, cereals and bread.

‘However, the vitamin D made by one bout of sunlight exceeds more than tenfold the amount provided by a daily diet,’ says GP Dr Sarah Brewer.

‘As well as eating plenty of vitamin D-rich food, exposing your skin to short bursts of sunlight (10-15 minutes) is important.’

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Action on Pre-Eclampsia: www.apec.org.uk

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