Lack of Vitamin D in pregnant mothers leads to risk of autism in babies, says study

A recent study has found that kids born to mothers who have Vitamin D deficiency during pregnancy have a higher risk of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The study that was conducted on rats confirms the importance of Vitamin D for pregnant mothers. It was published in the ‘Journal of Endocrinology’.

Autism is a condition that lasts lifelong. This condition impacts the ability of an individual to interact and communicate. The study showed how lower levels of Vitamin D in pregnant mothers can have a deep impact on the child.

Researchers conducted this experiment on rats during pregnancy and those that were lactating. They were forced a lack of Vitamin D during this period. The off spring rats had altered brain chemistry and social behavior and was learning impaired as well.

Caitlin Wyrwoll who is the Assistant Professor at the University of Western Australia confirms the importance of Vitamin D in pregnant mothers. According to Wyroll, Vitamin D in mothers can have a deep impact on the brain functioning and development of the child.