Vitamin D levels could reduce risk of preeclampsia
A woman's pregnancy can be riddled with many different side effects and complications, which can lead to serious birth injuries if when left untreated. One of the most serious pregnancy-related complications is preeclampsia, which is when a pregnant woman has a severe form of high blood pressure.
Preeclampsia is a serious complication during pregnancy, and physicians need to monitor women throughout their pregnancy to properly diagnose and treat preeclampsia to prevent any serious or fatal complications.
Many women are at risk for developing preeclampsia during their pregnancy. However, a new study found that vitamin D deficiency during a woman's first 26 weeks of pregnancy could increase the risk of developing preeclampsia. The study found that women who had sufficient levels of vitamin D reduced the risk of developing severe preeclampsia by 40 percent.
Researchers said that more studies need to be completed to see if there is a direct link between preeclampsia risk and vitamin D levels. They also said that pregnant women should not start taking vitamin D supplements. Instead, patients should follow-up with their doctor to make sure their vitamin D levels are being checked and action is being taken to reduce their risk during pregnancy.
Severe preeclampsia can be very risky for both pregnant women and their babies. The finding that vitamin D levels may play a role in the risk of developing severe preeclampsia shows just how important it is for doctors to monitor pregnant patients' vitamin D levels and to make sure they are treating patients to reduce the risk of getting preeclampsia later on during their pregnancy.
Pregnant women and those planning to get pregnant should be aware of their vitamin D levels and talk to their doctor about what to do if their levels are lower than normal. Doctors should also continue to monitor pregnant patients throughout their pregnancy to make sure they are taking steps to reduce risks for complications during and after the pregnancy.
Source: HealthDay News, " Low Vitamin D Could Up Risk for Birth Complication: Study," Feb. 4, 2014