Sunlight is important for Pregnant mothers

Sunlight is important for Pregnant mothers

Can the amount of sunlight you get when you’re pregnant effect the health of your baby? It looks like the answer is yes.

Vitamin D is a vitamin we produce in our skin that effects the amount of calcium the body absorbs and is important of bone growth and development.

The primary status of vitamin D for the child during pregnancy and during breast feeding, is the mother’s vitamin D status. Poor vitamin D levels in children can lead to reduced growth, reduced long term bone density, important to prevent the development of osteoporosis later in life and in cases of severe deficiency a problem called rickets. This is when the bones begin to bow as the bony skeleton does not form properly and the bones do not harden the way they should.

Other extremely important implications of poor vitamin D status are in your child’s early stages of life. Normal vitamin D levels in the first year of life means an 80% reduction in the risk of developing type 1 diabetes and a 40% reduction in development of rheumatoid arthritis later in life, to name just two.

What do you do?

Firstly, make sure you when you’re pregnant and when you are breastfeeding, you and your child get some sunlight during the day. This does not mean staying outside all day, as you do not want to increase your risk of skin cancer, but just 10 minutes of an exposed arm or leg in sunlight between 10am and 3pm a day. Or, speak to your doctor about getting a blood test to check your vitamin D status and they can help you work out the best options to get your vitamin D status normal.

Written by Michael Dermansky, Senior Physiotherapist at MD Health

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Why our children are gaining weight

By Michael Dermansky – Physiotherapist at MD Health

Over the last 15 year over 15% and more recently over 20% of Australian Children are either overweight or obese. This is not just an isolated Australian problem, but is happening all over the world, with 30% in Canada and >35% in some part of America, but why and why so quickly in the last 15 years. The answer is simple, 85% of our children consume some form of high sugar, high fat or high salt snack each day, which doesn’t fill them up, but adds 707 kilojoules of extra energy per day, that they don’t need. This is just under 7kg of extra fat to burn off every year!!!

So what can we do?

  • Replace sweets with fruit – 40% of children eat no fruit at all each day and they should be eating 2 pieces of fruit a day
  • Replace salty snacks with vegetables, such as carrots and – 30% of children eat no vegetables at all and they should be eating 5 serves of vegetables a day
  • Replace sugary soft drinks or sports drinks with water – only 25% of children drink water when they are thirsty, the best thing of children to drink to stay hydrated

Finally we can lead by example. Children of overweight parents are 3.6 times more likely to be overweight children, because they copy what we do and don’t believe you when they are told to eat well, but we snack on the wrong types of food ourselves. So we should do the same as we tell our children to do, eat 2 pieces of fruit a day, each 5 servings of vegetables a day and drink water instead of sweetened drinks.

The results will affect our children for the rest of their lives. Overweight children are 30% more likely to become overweight adults, with high risks of hypertension, high cholesterol and diabetes. We can prevent this when they are children. For more specific advise on what you can do, talk to a nutrition expert or your doctor