The role of vitamin D in perinatology. An up-to-date review

Michał Ciebiera, Cezary Wojtyła, Krzysztof Łukaszuk, Magdalena Zgliczyńska, Kornelia Zareba, Wojciech Rawski, Grzegorz Jakiel

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The role of vitamin D in perinatology is a subject of major interest in current medicine. There is growing evidence about the role of maternal vitamin D levels in pregnancy outcomes. The aim of this review is to summarize the current literature about the role of vitamin D in perinatology. Evidence from this review suggests associations between low levels of maternal vitamin D and higher risk of certain obstetrical complications. Vitamin D has been found to be related to preeclampsia, gestational diabetes mellitus, low birth weight, and preterm birth. The current literature supports vitamin D supplementation in pregnant women, but more high-quality data are necessary. The problem that remains is how to achieve an optimal 25-hydroxyvitamin D level. To determine the real benefits of vitamin D supplementation in pregnancy, we need high-quality trials in larger groups.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)992-1005
Number of pages14
JournalArchives of Medical Science
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2021
Externally publishedYes


  • Gestational diabetes mellitus
  • Low birth weight
  • Preeclampsia
  • Preterm birth
  • Vitamin D

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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