The study by Bristol University concentrated on the effects walks in the sun has on expectant mothers. Babies born towards the end of summer or the start of autumn are often taller, with stronger bones, as the mothers have been exposed to more sunshine during their pregnancy. This is because vitamin D stimulates the growth of bones before and after birth, and the body requires sunlight to produce it.
The study highlights that lack of vitamin D can contribute to many illnesses, and that people are not getting enough sunshine, with recommendations expectant mothers should take vitamin D supplements.
However, there have been warnings of the risk of skin cancer from spending too much time in the sun.
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