The role of vitamin D in pregnancy and lactation: insights from animal models and clinical studies.


Maternal adaptations during pregnancy and lactation appear to provide calcium to fetus and neonate without relying on vitamin D or calcitriol. Consequently, the blood calcium, calciotropic hormones, and skeleton appear normal at birth in the offspring of mothers who are severely vitamin D deficient or who lack calcitriol or its receptor. It remains unclear… (More)
DOI: 10.1146/annurev-nutr-071811-150742


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