Why Getting Some Sun Could Boost Your Future Child’s Health


Being a man, I’m glad I don’t have to deal with the responsibilities of pregnancy– that’s right, responsibilities. The knowledge that everything I put in my body could affect the long-term health of another person– my own offspring– during the next nine months, would be a pretty sobering (pun intended) reality for a fun-loving guy like myself. There would be many things I’d have to take immaculate notice of during that time if I wanted a healthy child by pregnancy’s conclusion.

Mothers-to-be, consider yourself the more-responsible sex with all those responsibilities: because your child’s health has begun even before he/she is born. Only mothers can make such important decisions involving their children’s health before conception, confirms research published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

Take a look at why one supplement is vital for improving your family’s chances of having a healthier babe, come birth date.

Vitamin D

Vitamin D supplements are exactly what old research says weren’t for pregnant women and their unborn children, offers new research

“The low amount of vitamin D that was set 50 years ago was never set scientifically,” admits Bruce Hollis, PhD, professor of pediatrics at the Medical University of South Carolina. All of those beliefs lacked the scientific evidence behind them– they were merely “intuition,” he continues. Though it was a reasonable amount for an infant, he goes on, it “left adults totally in peril.”

Though Hollis’ research regarding vitamin D and pregnant women was conducted in a clinical setting, it’s suggested that pregnant women speak with their doctor prior to taking any supplements.

Another great way to get this crucial vitamin, is to soak up some of that glorious sunlight. Vitamin D serves as the only vitamin you can get without having to ingest it in something; the sun’s rays practically photosynthesize the necessary vitamin into us!

Even if you’re already taking the right supplement amount for you and your child, why not get the purest form of vitamin D there is by taking a quick stroll around the neighborhood? After all, pregnant mothers who actively seek to stay fit have been found to have healthier babies, too!

If that’s not a dual-reason to get outside and walk around more often, I don’t know what is. Be certain to slap on some sunscreen after being in the sun for 15 minutes or more, though; pregnancy comes with enough aches and pains, without having to add sunburn to that list. 

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