Vit D screening in pregnancy questioned

Pregnant women need not be screened routinely for vitamin D deficiency despite its prevalence, as low levels do not affect pregnancy outcomes, Melbourne researchers say.

A study of 1500 pregnant women found that 55% were vitamin D deficient (<50nmol/L) and 37% were insufficient (50-74nmol/L) in early pregnancy (14 weeks).

Researchers showed vitamin D deficiency and insufficiency was not associated with low birthweight, preterm birth, post-partum haemorrhage,