Vitamin C Pregnancy Debate?

posted 3 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

@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 # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

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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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@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
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

As long as you’re not taking like 10 grams a day, you should be fine.

Post # 8
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

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
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

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 # 11
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Sugar Beekeeper

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
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@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
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

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 # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@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!

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