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Babies rely on their mothers to get Vitamin D when they are in the womb. If mothers do not get enough Vitamin D during pregnancy, the baby might develop neonatal hypocalcemia or rickets later in childhood. Vitamin D deficiency can also cause serious problems to the child in the later life including delayed motor development, aches and pains, muscle weakness, and fractures. The child may also develop rickets, the symptoms of which include bowed legs, dental problems, deformed chest, fractures, and skull deformities.
It is important for pregnant women to get their levels of Vitamin D checked regularly. Both mother and child should to get sufficient Vitamin D. Body makes Vitamin D in response to skin exposure to the sun’s UV rays. Vitamin D can also be obtained by consuming some foods and supplements.