(HealthDay News) – Maternal serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D concentration is associated with the risk of small-for-gestational-age (SGA) offspring, according to a study published online Dec. 6 in Obstetrics & Gynecology.

Alison D. Gernand, PhD, MPH, RD, from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, and colleagues assayed serum samples at 12–26 weeks of gestation for 25-hydroxyvitamin D in 792 participants in a trial of low-dose aspirin for prevention of preeclampsia in high-risk women. After adjustment for confounders, including maternal pre-pregnancy obesity, race, treatment allocation, and risk group, the correlation between 25-hydroxyvitamin D and the risk of SGA was assessed.

The researchers found that, at birth, 13% of neonates were SGA. Women who delivered SGA had lower 25-hydroxyvitamin D concentrations (57.9nmol/L) than those with non-SGA neonates (64.8nmol/L; P=0.028). Compared with 25-hydroxyvitamin-D concentrations of <30nmol/L, the risk of SGA was reduced by 43% with concentrations of 50–74nmol/L and by 54% with concentrations of ≥75nmol/L, in adjusted models. This association was modified by race and maternal obesity. The risk of SGA was significantly reduced by 68% and 50%, respectively, for white and non-obese women with 25-hydroxyvitamin D of ≥50nmol/L vs. <50nmol/L. In black or obese women, 25-hydroxyvitamin D was not associated with the risk of SGA.

“Maternal vitamin D status in the second trimester is associated with risk of SGA among all women and in the subgroups of white and non-obese women,” the authors write.

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