Post # 1
So when I told my sister I was pregnant recently and we were going over all of the things that I needed to cut out of my diet. The normal things like soft cheeses, sushi, alcohol, etc. And she brought up oranges and vitamin C. Apparently her doctor told her when she was pregnant (which was just last July) that recent studies have shown too much vitamin C to be “detrimental” to pregnancy and pre-term labor.
But everything that I read and see seems to say that it is okay to have. In fact, a lot of the “pregnancy meals” have women drinking orange juice. I can’t find any literature that says otherwise.
I guess I’m just concerned…My prenatal vitamin has 30mg of vitamin C which is supposedly 50% of what I’m supposed to have. So if I have orange juice will that put me over? I can’t imagine cutting citrus out!
I don’t go to my doctor for another 2 weeks so I can’t ask her yet…
Am I just going crazy with paranoia? Have you bee’s heard anything about this?
Post # 3
@lolita39: Never heard of it and wasn’t told anything of the sort by my doctor. I have 16oz of orange juice in the morning on top of what my prenatal gives me (and it gives me 100% of my daily value).
Everyone’s doctors tell them different things. I say listen to YOUR doctor and remember that everyone is different. Also, if you stayed away from everything recommend by all doctors, there would be nothing left for us to eat it seems, lol.
Everything in moderation 🙂
Post # 4
It says on Mayo Clinic’s website that dietary intake of Vitamin C should be safe, but once you get into megadoses things are less clear.
Post # 5
When I had a cold last week my OBGYN told me to take my vitamin C’s ontop of my prenatals. So… I don’t think there is anything wrong with it.
Also I was recommended to drink OJ specifically early in pregnancy for the folic acid I think?
Post # 6
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@lolita39: Too much of anything can be bad for you. Vitamin C is an essential nutrient so don’t cut it out of your diet, just don’t eat or take ridiculous amounts of it.
P.S. The rules are not steadfast. All cheese in the US in pastuerized even the soft cheeses so unless you are buying cheese from a super secret underground cheese dealer, it’s safe to eat while pregnant. Just beware if you travel internationally during your pregnancy.
Post # 7
As long as you’re not taking like 10 grams a day, you should be fine.
Post # 8
I’ve heard the same thing about Vitamin A!
The amount you eat in food is fine, but when you get into MASSIVE doses/supplements, it’s not good!
Post # 9
Overdoses of Vitamin C can be detrimental to ANYone’s health. If you were taking vitamin C like it was water you might have a problem, but moderation is fine, just like most things. I mean you can even drown yourself drinking too much water lol
Post # 10
See, that’s what I figured! As long as I was eating normal amounts that I would be fine. My sister made it seem like eating an orange would kill the poor thing so I tried to do some research and couldn’t find anything…
Post # 11
I work for a dietary supplement manufacturing company and I can tell you that the amount of Vitamin C absorbed into your bloodstream/body is minimal at best from a pre-natal. That is often why it is suggested to take slow release, to ensure absorption. Vitamin C from OJ is even less. In other words eating an orange, drinking a cup of OJ etc will not overwhelm your body.
The RDA is 85-90 mg daily. A high amount of Vitamin C is really high (2,000 mg). I wouldn’t worry about it at all.
Post # 12
@BrandNewBride: Vitamin A is different because it’s a fat-soluble vitamin (vitamins A, D, E, and K are all fat-soluble). It’s a lot easier to overdose on those vitamins because they’re not readily excreted in your pee like vitamins B and C (which is why your pee looks so yellow when you take a B vitamin — you pee the rest out).
Post # 13
Okay. Hopefully no one flames me for this, but I’ll just throw in my experience.
I know that a lot of people say you can use Vitamin C to induce a miscarriage. It has to be the pure Vitamin C, not that kind with added rosehips (this is actually supposed to help prevent miscarriage I guess?) but the process is to essentially overload on Vitamin C.. I’m talking you take 500mg tablets every hour up to 6000mg a day for several days until your period starts. All I have is anecdotal evidence.. And Ive tried this method before. My period is pretty predictable and once I was 5 days late. I tried this method and got my (very heavy) period within 24 hours. I have a few friends who have done the same.
Obviously I am not a doctor or scientist and this totally could have been a coincidence and I may have just been about to get my period anyway.. but that’s just what happened with me.
I definitely don’t think that have an orange or drinking orange juice will cause your baby any harm, it’s definitely in the megadoses.
Post # 14
@jessicadarling: Woah! I never knew mega doses of vitamin c would do that! holy crap!
Post # 15
@lolita39: From what I gather, it makes your uterus a hostile environment? Something about messing with estrogen levels.
Anyway like I said my evidence is PURELY anecdotal, and that’s when taking like 34068304986034986903609386934% more than your daily requirement of Vitamin C, so defintely don’t stress about a glass of orange juice! Vit C is included in prenatals for a reason!