Vitamin D Intake during Pregnancy Linked To Greater IQ among Children

Dr. Richa Agarwal    18-10-2021 Consult

Vitamin D and its benefits are being discussed across the world, especially during COVID times where our exposure to sun has reduced drastically. Also known as the sunshine vitamin, vitamin D deficiency is known to impact your bones and be detrimental to your overall health.

Vitamin D levels during pregnancy could be linked with their children's IQ. In other words, women with higher vitamin D intake during pregnancy may have children with greater childhood IQ scores.

While Vitamin D is a tricky vitamin to load up on, many people rely tend to rely on supplements. If you still feel you are not doing enough, and want to make your diet vitamin D rich, it is always a good idea to look for things around you. 

Most common vitamin D-rich foods are:

1. Fatty fish: Fish like salmon, mackerel and tuna are not only high in vitamin D but also omega 3 fatty acids and protein.

2. Eggs: Eggs along with yolk could be considered as a decent vitamin D source too. Moreover, eggs are also enriched with protein, choline, vitamin A and more. 

3. Cow's milk: Again a very good source of vitamin D, protein and calcium. Many pregnant women often feel lactose intolerant, so drink it only if it suits you, and after consulting your gynaecologist. 

4. Mushrooms: Vitamin D-enriched mushrooms could be a versatile addition to your breakfast, lunch or dinner. 

5. Orange juice: At times, even fortified orange juice is a good idea to kick-start a day.