Were you begging for an epidural when you gave birth? This might be the reason why.
They say you forget the pain of child birth as soon as they place the baby in your arms.
But what if we told you that you didn’t even have to experience that pain.
A recent study has discovered a link between Vitamin D levels and pain during childbirth.
The US team behind the research have found women who choose to have an epidural to deal with the pains associated with labor and childbirth tend to be Vitamin D deficient.
This was based on the measurement of Vitman D levels in 93 pregnant women before they gave birth, who had all requested an epidural. They found that the women who required greater medication tended to have lower levels of Vitamin D in their system.
Dr Andrew Geller, an anesthesiologist at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles and senior author of the study, said, “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.”
Low levels of Vitamin D have previously been linked to depression and pain, yet this is the first study to highlight an association with pain during childbirth.
Vitamin D is largely found in fortified milk, juice and fish oils. It can also be taken as a dietary supplement.
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