Could vitamin D make childbirth less painful?

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/could-vitamin-d-make-childbirth-less-painful/

Low vitamin D levels could make childbirth more painful, according to a new study.

Vitamin D deficiency is common during pregnancy, especially among high-risk women, including vegetarians, those with little sun exposure, and members of ethnic minorities, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists says.

The new study included 93 pregnant women whose vitamin D levels were checked before childbirth and who received an epidural for pain during labor. The researchers measured how much pain medication each of the women required during delivery.

(click to read on CBS News website)

Health Officials Call for More Fish in Diets of Children and Pregnant Women

http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/06/10/updated-advice-on-eating-fish-during-pregnancy/

Federal officials on Tuesday announced that they would recommendfor the first time that women who are pregnant or breast-feeding and young children eat a minimum of two servings of low-mercury seafood every week for their health.

The recommendations represent a significant shift for the Food and Drug Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency, whose previous seafood advisory in 2004 set only an upper limit on the amount of fish that these groups should eat.

(click link to read on NYTimes.com)