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Vitamin D may help mothers keep unborn children free from MS

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Studies have shown vitamin D to have a wide range of health benefits, especially for women, but new research suggests it may be especially important for women to get high levels of the vitamin while they are pregnant.

The study showed that babies born in summer months, whose first trimester occurred in winter months, were 30 percent more likely to develop multiple sclerosis.

Researchers speculated that this might be because expectant mothers spend more time in-doors and out of the sun during winter months, resulting in low vitamin D levels.

Judith Staples wrote in her report that vitamin D levels are thought to be important for the development of the fetus's central nervous system, which means expectant mothers should be mindful of how much sun they are getting.

"Vitamin D supplementation for the prevention of multiple sclerosis might also need to be considered during in utero development," she said.

There is no cure for multiple sclerosis, and most treatments focus on managing the symptoms, according to the Mayo Clinic.

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