By Heather Newgen, NOV 24, 2021

Dr. Kecia Gaither, MD, MPH, FACOG, double board-certified in OB/GYN and Maternal Fetal Medicine, Director of Perinatal Services at NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln in the Bronx, also recommends vitamin D. “It’s beneficial for a multitude of bodily functions. Aids with bone development for both mother and fetus. It also boosts immunity- pregnancy has a physiologic immune suppression on the body such that the fetus can thrive. Vitamin D has been shown to aid in diminishing symptoms of depression, is good for cardiovascular health and decreases the incidence of preterm labor. For melanated individuals, it’s important to know that Vitamin D is made in the skin in conjunction with sunlight– this process is inhibited by melanin– it’s important to get your levels checked. 

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