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Hi, i have been taking vitamin c 500mg with 425mg of bioflavonoid and now i am planning to conceive.
Anyone taken vit c during pregnancy and is it safe to do so?
pls advice. thanks lots
yep, agree with dilys..
Anyway, to answer your question, i took vit C when i was preggy when i felt that i was falling sick soon =X (in addition to taking fruits) Vit C is water soluble so any excess will be pass out by urine.. but as all things goes, moderation is the key. =)
hihi, i'm also taking folic acid daily now while trying to conceive. I was taking vit c with bioflavonoid previously was because of my piles and anal fissures and i need vit c to heal my wounds and bioflavonoid to strengthen my blood vessels of my anus.
Actually i have already asked my gynae about it via sms and he mentioned "should be safe"
but somehow, i just want to gather more views as i go.
I have been taking 1000 mg of Vit C before, during and after my pregnancy because of my frequent flu problems. Seems to work for me. Yes, Vit C (ascorbic acid) may cause tummy upset in large doses and if taken on an empty stomach. I have been taking the one from Kordel (acid free). But it is best to take natural source of Vit C from fruits and veggies whenever you can. I am not a veggie fan so I have to resort to popping pills. Vit C can act as both an antioxidant and pro-oxidant in physiological conditions. But up until today, there is very little medical and scientific evidence that supports long-term benefits of Vit C supplements. Anyway, our bodies cannot store Vit C for long (water soluble).
I also took multivitamins, fish oils, calcium and magnesium supplements during my pregnancy. I took magnesium, Mg (which comes with calcium and Vit D) because of my frequent leg cramps at night. Studies have shown that Mg helps in preventing pregnancy cramps (and not calcium). Many people think (including my lousy obsgyn) that it is calcium but it is Mg. My leg cramps were so bad that I can have them on both legs at the same time! Oooch! It didn't happen ever since I took the Mg supplement.
Do ask your obsgyn if unsure. Do your own reading too. Some obsgyn may not be up to date with the latest medical and scientific findings.
Calcium is for mummies' bones, & baby's bones & teeth development. Fish oil is basically for the development of your baby's brain.
If you are planning to conceive, it better for you to have a healthy daily habits. Eating properly & Rest well (* dont't sleep too late). Cut down on all tea & especially cold drinks.
Too much of vit c , sometimes it's too cooling for MTB. So better get use to eating fresh fruits.
As for vit c, i have been taking the ones with bioflavonoids, known to strengthen the blood vessels, so it helps my piles too. Does yours contain bioflavonoids, rutin, rose hips or the like? If yes, how much mg in your pills?
I read some articles on bioflavonoids, some recommend, some dont't for pregnancy...
Last edited by dwarfs8; 22-10-2011 at 08:56 AM.
HI, you do need to consume other supplement during pregnancy. Actually you should continue eat vit c as well. Coz.vit.c not only.need for immune system not also need when have a baby.
I do have supply healthy supplement nutrition consumption for preganant woman.
Do contact me if you need.
I also thought Vit C is water soluble and can be passed out in urine so it should be pretty harmless but recently I read a book on nutrition in pregnancy and it did state that excessive intake of vitamin C supplements can cause the newborn to have increased requirements for vitamin C, possibly leading to a deficiency syndrome called rebound scurvy. It is recommended that we take fruits and vegetables instead of supplements.
Answers to your questions:
1) I started Mg oxide/citrate/aspartate 250 mg during my 2nd trimester when my leg cramps became more frequent. The capsules also come with Vit D 200 IU and Ca carbonate/citrate/malate 500 mg. I am still taking them now. It is important to continue the Ca supplement if you are going to breastfeed. I also drink Annum (for lactating mothers) during pregnancy and breastfeeding period. I find Annum tastes the best cf. to other brands like Similac, S-26, etc.
2) The Vit C that I am taking (Kordel's, acid free) contains: C
a ascorbate/Vit C 1000 mg, Ca (from ascorbate) 90 mg, Citrus bioflavonoids 100 mg, Rutin 50 mg, Hesperidin 25 mg.
Oh, yes, I also took folic acid as soon as my pregnancy test was positive.
I had piles too during my 3rd trimester when baby became heavier and because of my growing multiple fibroids too. Never had piles before that! Then at 33-34 weeks gestation, I had terrible constipation problems! Never happened before in my life as I am more prone to diarrhoea than constipation. Because of it, I pushed too hard until I suffered painful pre-term contractions. I had to be warded for observation (threatened pre-term labour). The contractions were 10-15mins apart but I didn't have any dilation. So they gave me Adalat tablets to stop my contractions and a steroid jab to speed up my baby's lungs development in case he comes out prematured. Scary one for me -- I wasn't prepared to give birth at week 34! Didn't even pack my maternity bag yet at that time! Opps, sorry for digressing...
--> To ease my piles and constipation problems, I asked for a stool softener and they gave me Lactus Syrup (lactulose solution 66% w/very). It is a very mild laxative. Worked for me. I also drank prune juice -- a glass every day after that scary incident. Didn't like it very much but forced myself to drink it anyway...
Last edited by MamabbJ; 26-10-2011 at 01:13 AM.
But remember 1st few times take 1 fruit 1st. Let your body adapt 1st. Too much one go .. may cause diarrhea.