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Nutrients 2016, 8(5), 301; doi:10.3390/nu8050301

Does Maternal Vitamin D Deficiency Increase the Risk of Preterm Birth: A Meta-Analysis of Observational Studies

Department of Prevention Medicine and Pathogenic Biology, Medical School, Hunan University of Chinese Medicine, Changsha 410208, China
Department of Social Medicine and Health Management, Xiangya School of Public Health, Central South University, Changsha 410078, China
Department of Mental Health, Brain Hospital of Hunan Province, Changsha 410007, China
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Received: 18 January 2016 / Revised: 28 April 2016 / Accepted: 11 May 2016 / Published: 20 May 2016
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There are disagreements among researchers about the association between vitamin D deficiency during pregnancy and preterm birth (PTB). Therefore, we conducted a meta-analysis of observational studies to evaluate this association. We performed a systematic literature search of PubMed, MEDLINE and the Cochrane Library through August 2015 with the following keywords: “vitamin D” or “cholecalciferol” or “25-hydroxyvitamin D” or “25(OH)D” in combination with “premature birth” or “preterm birth” or “PTB” or “preterm delivery” or “PTD” or “prematurity”. Our meta-analysis of 10 studies included 10,098 participants and found that pregnant women with vitamin D deficiency (maternal serum 25 (OH) D levels < 20 ng/mL) experienced a significantly increased risk of PTB (odds ratio (OR) = 1.29, 95% confidence intervals(CI): 1.16, 1.45) with low heterogeneity (I2 = 25%, p = 0.21). Sensitivity analysis showed that exclusion of any single study did not materially alter the overall combined effect. In the subgroup analyses, we found that heterogeneity was obvious in prospective cohort studies (I2 = 60%, p = 0.06). In conclusion, pregnant women with vitamin D deficiency during pregnancy have an increasing risk of PTB. View Full-Text
Keywords: vitamin D deficiency; preterm birth; pregnant women; meta vitamin D deficiency; preterm birth; pregnant women; meta

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Qin, L.-L.; Lu, F.-G.; Yang, S.-H.; Xu, H.-L.; Luo, B.-A. Does Maternal Vitamin D Deficiency Increase the Risk of Preterm Birth: A Meta-Analysis of Observational Studies. Nutrients 2016, 8, 301.

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