Vitamin C


Clinical Study Title:
Vitamin C intake and the risk of preterm delivery.

Plain English Summary:
This study looked at the effects of vitamin C deficiency on pregnancy. Participants were pregnant women, and their vitamin intake during their pregnancy was analyzed. The intake of vitamin C was examined to find its role in premature delivery, as well as other complications of labor. Those women who were severely deficient in vitamin C had in an increased risk of early delivery, and an early rupture of the membranes in the womb. Women who were deficient during their entire pregnancy had the highest risk of preterm delivery. This suggests that a daily supplement of vitamin C during pregnancy can help to reduce the risk of delivering early.
Siega-Riz AM. Promislow JH. Savitz DA. Thorp JM Jr. McDonald T.
Department of Nutrition, School of Public Health, the Carolina Population Center, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, USA.
Country of Publication
United States
American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology. 189(2):519-25, 2003 Aug.

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