Prepregnancy Obesity Predicts Poor Vitamin D Status in Mothers and Their Neonates
A pregnant woman who is overweight has a high likelihood of preprogramming the developing fetus for heart disease, diabetes and certain types of cancer in that child’s adult life. This is a serious concern all by itself. To find that, on top of this, obesity predicts that the mother will also be low in Vit D status and pass that onto her newborn child is nothing short of disastrous.
Luckily, this situation is very correctable, but the responsibility should lie with the OB managing the patient. Vitamin D supplementation is very safe, inexpensive and has massive payoffs when given to the mom a month or so before delivery.