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Letters Debate on vitamin D supplements in winter

Pregnant women need vitamin D for neonatal health

BMJ 2016; 355 doi: (Published 30 December 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;355:i6685
  1. Mitch Blair, professor of paediatrics and child public health
  1. Department of Paediatrics and Child Health, Northwick Park Hospital, Harrow HA1 3UJ, UK
  1. m.blair{at}

Spector and Levy did not discuss the needs of pregnant women and neonates for vitamin D in winter months.1 Vitamin D deficiency in pregnancy is common, particularly among women with dark skin.2 A recent Cochrane review found that suboptimal levels were …

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