A recent study reported that low levels of vitamin D may cause a more painful childbirth. According with the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, vitamin D deficiency is common during pregnancy, especially among women with high risk pregnancies, as well as vegetarians, those with little sun exposure, and members of ethnic minorities.
The study included 93 pregnant women whose vitamin D levels were checked before childbirth and who received an epidural for pain during labor. The researchers measured how much pain medication each of the women required during delivery.
The results, scheduled for presentation at the annual meeting of the American Society of Anesthesiologists in New Orleans, showed that women with lower vitamin D levels required more pain medication than those with higher vitamin D levels.
“Women often experience lower than normal levels of vitamin D during pregnancy. We found that patients with low levels of vitamin D experienced an increase in pain during childbirth,” senior author Dr. Andrew Geller, an anesthesiologist at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, said in a society news release.
“Given the research results, prevention and treatment of low vitamin D levels in pregnant women may have a significant impact on decreasing labor pain in millions of women every year,” he added.
“This topic needs to be revisited and additional research should be conducted to determine how we can improve the labor experience for women everywhere,” Geller concluded.
Through: Health Library