|CAESARIAN SECTION LINKED TO VITAMIN D DEFICIENCY|
The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism December 23, 2008
Looking at the beginning of the 20th century, according to background information in this report, deformed bones in the pelvis often led to a C-section. According to this study, published online, vitamin D deficiency in pregnancy is still a problem.
The researchers studied 253 births at a Boston hospital from 2005 to 2007. After controlling for other variables, the scientists found that women with low blood levels of vitamin D were almost 4x as likely to have an emergency C-section as those with normal levels. Vitamin D deficiency has been associated with muscle weakness and high blood pressure, which might relate to the finding.
Dr. Michael Holick, a professor of medicine at Boston University and the senior author of the study, offered straightforward advice for pregnant women. "Take a thousand-unit supplement of vitamin D, available at any pharmacy, on top of any prenatal vitamins you're taking, so that you're getting 1,400 units a day," he said. "There is no downside to doing this."
When you compare the C-section rates of the US with the rest of the world, ours are much higher. For the longest time it seemed as if cultural bias played a large part in this aspect of labor and delivery in the United States. To this cause we must now add the possibility of Vitamin D deficiency.
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