Vitamin D deficiency in veiled or dark-skinned pregnant women

Med J Aust. 2001 Sep 3;175(5):251-2. doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2001.tb143558.x.


Objectives: To determine the vitamin D status of veiled or dark-skinned pregnant women, because of their known increased risk of vitamin D deficiency.

Design: An audit of vitamin D status.

Setting: An antenatal clinic in a major metropolitan teaching hospital, Melbourne, Victoria.

Participants: Pregnant women attending the clinic who agreed to be screened.

Main outcome measures: Serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D3 (25OHD3) level at first visit to the antenatal clinic.

Results: Of 94 women, 82 were screened. Sixty-six women (80%) had 25OHD3 values below the test reference range (22.5-93.8 nmol/L).

Conclusions: Our findings are a cause for concern, because vitamin D deficient women are at risk of bone disease and their children at risk of neonatal hypocalcaemia and rickets.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Calcifediol / blood*
  • Clothing*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Pregnancy
  • Pregnancy Complications / blood*
  • Pregnancy Complications / etiology
  • Prenatal Care
  • Reference Values
  • Skin Pigmentation*
  • Vitamin D Deficiency / blood*
  • Vitamin D Deficiency / etiology


  • Calcifediol