Vitamin D Deficiency in Pregnant Women and Their Neonates

  •  Maryam Abbasian    
  •  Reza Chaman    
  •  Mohammad Amiri    
  •  Mohammad Esmaeil Ajami    
  •  Tohid Jafari-Koshki    
  •  Hossein Rohani    
  •  Seyed Mahmood Taghavi-Shahri    
  •  Erfan Sadeghi    
  •  Mehdi Raei    


BACKGROUND & OBJECTIVE: Vitamin D deficiency during pregnancy is a worldwide problem. Studies have reported prevalence ranged 18-84% in pregnant women. Receiving adequate calcium and vitamin D during pregnancy period is necessary for calcium homeostasis, fetal growth and bone mineralization. This study was aimed to determine the prevalence of vitamin D deficiency in pregnant women and their neonates in Shahroud city in the northeast Iran.

METHODS: In this cross-sectional study, 284 pregnant women and their neonates referred to Fatemiyeh Hospital of Shahroud were included. Blood samples of mothers and umbilical cords were collected during the delivery and were sent to laboratory in order to measure calcium and 25-hydroxy vitamin D.

FINDINGS: Amounts of Vitamin D insufficiency (20-30 ng/mL) and deficiency (<20 ng/mL) in (mothers, neonates) were found to be (60.2%, 48.9%) and (1.1%, 2.5%) respectively. Calcium deficiency (<8.5 mg/dL) was present in 33.5% of mothers and 25% of neonates. There was a weak correlation between maternal serum and cord blood 25-hydroxy vitamin D (r=0.12, p=0.053).

CONCLUSION: More than half of the mothers and their neonates had some degrees of vitamin D deficiency. It is recommended to evaluate the nutritional status of vitamin D in pregnant women along with public health interventions to be carried out.

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  • Issn(Print): 1916-9736
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  • Started: 2009
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