The recommended daily allowance for pregnant and lactating women are set by the Food and Nutrition Board. As of January 2020, it’s set to 85 milligrams per day for females 19+ years. For nonpregnant females is 75 milligrams.
There’s a difference of only 10 milligrams per day to deal with the stress associated with pregnancy. This includes a developing baby, labor, milk production and recovery.
In the first 6 months of life, an infant demands about 40 milligrams of ascorbic acid per day. This extra load leaves the mother with 45 milligrams for her own body needs.
The question is, Is this amount enough for both the mother and the developing baby?
Here are some important considerations about pregnancy, oxidative stress, and vitamin C.
Oxidative stress causes disease symptoms
Pregnancy is not a disease, but it does increase oxidative stress
Vitamin C, or ascorbic acid, prevents oxidative stress damage. It's one of the main benefits of taking enough.
Ascorbic acid is vitamin C, but ascorbic acid is more than a vitamin. Each person needs it in varying amounts, often much larger than recommended amounts
Ascorbic acid is not toxic
Ascorbic acid does not deplete the body from other nutrients. It enhances how the body absorbs and uses other nutrients.
Also, here are some considerations about pregnancy in animals and Vitamin C
Most animals make enough vitamin C to fight oxidative stress and disease symptoms
Humans and most primates can’t make vitamin C
Humans can supplement with enough ascorbic acid to prevent oxidative stress. And also stop disease symptoms quicker and safer.
Pregnant mammals such as rats, produce more ascorbic acid to fight stress
Early in pregnancy, guinea pigs on a diet low in vitamin C led to abortion or absorption of the fetuses. Low vitamin C in the latter part of pregnancy caused stillbirths or premature, weak babies. You can find this in studies as early as 1915.
But how do animals make vitamin C? It turns out they convert glucose (blood sugar) to ascorbic acid. This is part of a process involves 4 enzymes.
And why can’t humans make vitamin C? The reason is that humans are missing one of these enzymes.
Here are the doses of vitamin C that Dr. Klenner used for the patients:
4 grams daily in the first trimester
6 grams daily in the second trimester
10 grams daily in the third trimester
He noted that 20 percent of the patients required 15 grams daily in the third trimester.
Also, on admission to the hospital, 80 percent of the patients received 10 grams of ascorbic acid intravenously.
Keep reading to find the results of this amazing study.
But first, here are some studies on vitamin C during pregnancy.
This study shows how vitamin c can prevent Preterm Premature Rupture of Membranes (PROM)
And there's another study of over 2,000 women. It found an increased frequency of premature births in mothers with the lowest levels of ascorbic acid. It also reported brain development defects caused by vitamin C deficiency.
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