“There’s a lot I learnt from pregnancy that I’ve been more proactive about when it comes to the health of myself and my children...
This is an area that I’ve been really aware of and encourage other expectant mums to consider their Vitamin D and calcium intake.” said Phoebe.
Ostelin ambassador Phoebe Burgess.
Why Vitamin D is important to consider at an early age to maintain strong bones.
The human body can do incredible things and pregnancy truly is something to be marvelled at. Pregnancy does, however, place huge demands on a woman’s body, with foetal development and growth increasing your body’s requirement for vitamins and minerals6. Vitamin D and calcium are incredibly important for women during these periods of immense changes, not just for her, but also for the unborn child. Most people know to have strong healthy bones they need plenty of calcium, but it’s not as widely known that Vitamin D also plays an important role in bone health.
Despite living in one of the sunniest countries, Australian expectant mums may be low in Vitamin D3.
Ostelin's Ambassador, Phoebe Burgess is on a mission to empower women of all ages to consider their bone health.
Ostelin has commissioned some research which revealed that 40%2 of mothers are unaware of the role of Vitamin D for bone health development in infancy.
Vitamin D is important for infant wellbeing and development with benefits including;
- Helps to form and maintain strong bones
- Helps in the development and maintenance of teeth
- Promotes calcium absorption
- Is important for optimal strength and functioning of the skeletal muscle
- Is important for a healthy immune system
Between 40-57% of newborns in Australia and New Zealand have insufficient levels of Vitamin D3. Breastmilk, while an excellent source of nutrients, only has a fraction of the Vitamin D babies need to build strong bones and teeth.