I just read this article by Ethan Huff about how mothers who don’t get enough sunlight can give birth to babies with multiple sclerosis. It definitely is a little scary. The study out of Australia found that natural sunlight is extremely important to the development of babies. Researchers found that mothers who do not get enough sunlight during the first 90 days of their pregnancy bear children with an increased risk of multiple sclerosis later on in life. A lack of sunlight causes problems with the child’s development of their central nervous system and immune system. Because of this, the child will be more likely to develop MS.
The study evaluated birth records from 1920-1950 connecting low vitamin D levels to MS. Research revealed that the majority of the MS patient were born during November and December in the Southern Hemisphere, which would have meant that the early days of the babies’ development were during the winter months when it is likely that the mother got minimum sunlight exposure. Research also discovered that very few MS patients were born between May and June when their first trimesters would have been during summer months, when it is likely that the mothers were exposed to more sunlight and thus vitamin D.
The studies showed that the risk of MS was approximately 30% higher for patients who were born during the winter months (that’s a lot higher!). Research also found that MS became increasingly more prevalent the further away from the equator. This indicated that sunlight exposure – and vitamin D – is directly linked to MS susceptibility.
Now, we all know that you can’t force the sun to come out. So if natural sunlight is not available, mothers can supplement with natural vitamin D3 in order to help their babies be healthy. Weighing the numbers and the easy solution to the problem, why wouldn’t mothers implement this simple solution? Go out in the sun! If there’s no sun, take some vitamin D – its inexpensive and easy, all you have to do is swallow a little pill to help prevent your child from increased risks of MS.