Would – be moms should get enough vitamin D in diet to prevent autism in babies

“We found that pregnant females treated with active vitamin D in the equivalent of the first trimester of pregnancy produced offspring that did not develop these deficits,” Eyles added.

Further, recent human studies also showed a link between pregnant women with low vitamin D levels – also crucial for maintaining healthy bones – and the increased likelihood of having a child with autistic traits, the researchers said.

For the study, appearing in journal the Molecular Autism, the team used the most widely accepted developmental model of autism in which affected mice behave abnormally and show deficits in social interaction, basic learning and stereotyped behaviours.

The researchers also revealed that the active hormonal form of vitamin D cannot be given to pregnant women because it may affect the skeleton of the developing foetus.

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