In a previous article, we mentioned that having little to no vitamin D intake during pregnancy may increase the risk of the child being obese later on in life. But having too much vitamin D may also be a problem, as a study on ScienceDaily.com says that this may cause the child to develop food allergies after birth.

Dr. Kristin Weiße from the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research in Leipzig, along with a team from the Institute of Agricultural and Nutritional Sciences at the Martin-Luther University in Halle-Wittenberg under Prof. Gabriele Stangl, studied previous data from 622 mothers and 629 children. Vitamin D levels were tested in both parent and offspring, and surveys were given out to find out the number of food allergy cases in the first two years of the children’s lives.

Interestingly, mothers who had low vitamin D levels in their blood had children who were less prone to food allergies, while those who had high levels had children who were found to be more prone to food allergies.

Of course, this doesn’t mean that you should stop getting your daily dose of sunlight or even taking vitamin D supplements. As with other things, what's important is that you just take the right amount to stay healthy for you and your baby. Find the proper dietary balance in order to reap the most benefits, so before taking in anything, it’s best to first consult your doctor.

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