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Vitamin C (vitamin) for treatment of Pregnancy in pregnant Adults

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    Bottom Line

  • Treatment with 1 gr (or less) of Vitamin C supplement (Ascorbic acid tablets). 29 valid studies conducted, with 24,000 individuals. Does not prevent problems and complications in pregnancy. Mild side effects may include stomach pain.

    • -  Evidence icon EVIDENCE | WELL TESTED
    • -  Effectiveness icon EFFECTIVENESS | INEFFECTIVE
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Do not use this treatment:

It does not seem effective in preventing pregnancy problems and complications. Side effects seem negligible.

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Women with increased risk for placental abruption (e.g. high blood pressure, substance abuse, multiple pregnancy, after age 40 or with previous placental abruption) may consider vitamin C (alone or combined with vitamin E), since it seems to reduce the risk by 34%.

Any excess of Vitamin C (Ascorbic acid) is evacuated from our body through the urine. This makes vitamin C pretty safe even in high dosages.

About Vitamin C (vitamin)

Ascorbic Acid tablets

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    Target Population:

    pregnant Adults, 16 to 65 years old

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    Usually 1,000 mg per day during pregnancy

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    Prevention of problems and complications in pregnancy

Research Summary

  • - Green Pages icon Well tested
  • 29 Clinical Studies
  • 24,000 - Tooltip icon Adults Tested
  • Ineffective
  • Benefits:

    Ineffective. Does not help to prevent problems in pregnancy including still birth (fetal death), premature birth (preterm), high blood pressure and large amount of protein in the urine (pre-eclampsia), low birth-weight babies and death of newborns. May reduce placental abruption risk.

  • - Safety icon Probably safe
  • Risks:

    Seems safe. Only one study (out of 29 studies) indicated an increased risk of stomach pain.

Pregnancy Overview

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    Medical problem:

    Problems and complications during pregnancy

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    Symptoms and signs:

    Frequent urination, hunger, nausea, tender breasts and vomiting.

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    Still birth (fetal death), premature birth (preterm), Anemia, heavy bleeding, high blood pressure, large amount of protein in the urine, Thromboembolic (blood clots), low birthweight babies, death of newborns.

Other Treatments

Brand Names

Vitamin C (supplement)

  • Ascoltin
  • Ascot
  • C-500 Chewable Tablet
  • C-Time
  • Cecon Drops
  • Centrum Singles - Vitamin C
  • Cevi-Bid
  • Sunkist Vitamin C
  • Vicks Vitamin C Drops
  • Ester-C
  • Vasoflex HD
  • Acerola
  • Ascocid
  • Ascor L 500
  • Ascorbic Acid Quick Melts
  • Betac
  • Cemill
  • Cenolate

Additional Information

Vitamin C

Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid and L-ascorbic acid, is a vitamin found in food and used as a dietary supplement. As a supplement it is used to treat and prevent scurvy. Evidence does not support use in the general population for the prevention of the common cold. It may be taken by mouth or by injection. It is generally well tolerated. Vitamin C was discovered in 1912, isolated in 1928, and first made in 1933. (source)

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