Benefits of Vitamin C in Pregnancy

Your body doesn’t store vitamin C, so you need a constant fresh supply.  This means you want to be enjoying a diet rich in Vitamin C, and you'll benefit from a "safe guard" of a food-based vitamin C supplement.  
vitamin c benefits in pregnancy

What Does Vitamin C do for you?

Vitamin C has antioxidant properties that prevent cell damage in mother.
It helps to repair tissues and heal various wounds.
Vitamin C offers a boost to the immune system, so much that research shows in the general population it lowers the risk for various cancers.
vitamin c boosts immunity in pregnancy and for baby
It is essential for production of Collagen, a cartilage component needed for growth of bones, tissues and tendons.  There is a very interesting animal study that showed that vitamin c supplementation in pregnancy improve the structure of the cardinal and uterosacral ligaments.  This suggests that vitamin C supplementation may prevent pelvic organ prolapse and urinary incontinence. 
vitamin c increases collagen and strengthens pelvic organs

Supports absorption of iron.

Supplementation increases gestational age for babies of women who have PROM (premature rupture of membranes) before 37 weeks. *

Vitamin C has been shown to decrease cancer risk 

What Does Vitamin C do for baby?

Vitamin C may reduce asthma, and improve pulmonary function. Preliminary research shows that supplementation of 500mg of Vitamin C can mitigate the effects of smoking on fetuses.  Nicotine stunts fetal lung growth: alveolar and pulmonary vasculature development, airway growth, and reduces total lung weight. *

Vitamin C is rich in antioxidants and reduces cellular damage in baby.

Vitamin C also boosts the immune system of babies.

Vitamin C supports the absorption of iron for babies as well.

Deficiency may cause:

Damage to capillary veins, often noted by bleeding gums.
Harm to baby’s brain development.
Slow healing wounds, dry brittle skin.
Anemia

Lack of vitamin C for pregnancy is easily detected by slow-healing wounds, dryness of skin and brittle hair.

Foods Rich in Vitamin C***

Green leafy vegetables like cabbage
Red-bell pepper, 1/2 cup; 95mg
Orange, medium, 70mg
Mango
Kiwi, medium 64mg
Green pepper, raw 1/2 cup; 60 mg 
Broccoli, cooked 51mg
Strawberries, fresh, sliced; 1/2 cup, 49mg
Grapefruit, 1/2 39mg
Broccoli, raw 39mg
***



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Sources:
*Abdulhussain AS. The efficacy and safety of vitamin C administration to women with history of premature preterm rupture of membrane in prevention of such event in current pregnancy: Randomized controlled clinical trial. J Popul Ther Clin Pharmacol. 2022 Dec 6;29(4):e188-e194. doi: 10.47750/jptcp.2022.985. PMID: 36481988. 
**Merritt, T.A. Improving fetal lung development with vitamin C and reducing asthma in children. J Perinatol 38, 775–777 (2018). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41372-018-0148-1
*** Health Fact Sheet for Providers: Vitamin C, National Institute of Health Office of Dietary Supplements, Vitamin C - Health Professional Fact Sheet (nih.gov) 

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How to Reduce Infant Jaundice, Improve Baby's Sleep, Help Baby Gain Weight and Promote Bonding

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Benefits of Infant Massage
What if you knew how to reduce your baby’s bilirubin levels the first week of life (even if your milk is slowly coming in)?  

How would it feel to help your baby sleep well without harsh sleep training?

How incredible would it be to have a “step by step” routine that helped you bond with baby + reduce both of your stress levels?

How amazing would it be to help your preterm infant gain weight faster and come home sooner?

Wouldn’t it be lovely if the baby's father had a simple way to increase father-baby bonding?

What if you could learn this for less than $100 and be able to offer it to your baby at any time at no additional cost?

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Reducing JaundiceInfant Massage Reduces Infant JaundiceInfant Massage has been shown in multiple studies to reduce bilirubin serums levels in infants.  If you aren’t familiar, bilirubin is a yellow substance produced in the breakdown of red blood cells.  What you need to know about it is that high bilirubin levels indicate jaundice, and newborn jaundice can be dangerous.  Even with great technology, jaundice can be a stressful situation for parents.  *


Sleep Improvements without Sleep Training


Infants need lots of sleep and lots of milk.  Sometimes, as a caring parent these two needs seem in opposition.  There are times your sweet, sweet baby doesn’t seem to sleep long.  While most babies do need to wake up several times during the night four nourishment (which of course helps your milk supply), that doesn’t mean they have to experience restless sleep.  123 infants & mothers were studied while using massage as part of a bedtime routine and the results show The bedtime routine resulted in improvements in child and mother night wakings, maternal perceptions of -child sleep and mood, and improvements in maternal sleep quality.**

Infants and toddlers with sleep onset problems were given daily massages by their parents for 15 minutes prior to bedtime for one month. Based on parent diaries the massaged versus the control children (who were read bedtime stories) showed fewer sleep delay behaviors and had a shorter latency to sleep onset by the end of the study. Forty-five minute behavior observations by an independent observer also revealed more time awake, alert and active and more positive affect in the massaged children by the end of the study.

 

Infant Massage Improves Mother-Baby Attachment

Infant Massage Improve Mother-Baby Attachment

Infant massage has been shown to significantly improve emotional availability between mother and baby.  *****  Massage given to premature neonates by their mothers on a daily basis can promote and maintain emotional attachment between the mother and her infant. The findings of the present study can be used ******

Infant Massage Improve Father-Baby Interactions
infant massage improves father baby interactions
Infants were given massages by their fathers for 15 minutes prior to their daily bedtime for one month. By the end of the study, the fathers who massaged their infants were more expressive and showed more enjoyment and more warmth during floor-play interactions with their infants.

Weight Gain

One of the most common measurements of healthy infant development is weight gain.  There are so many studies on infant massage and weight gain, I won’t cite them all here.  The improvement in weight gain has been heavily researched in preterm infants and infants staying in NICU. Infants given daily massage had 21% greater weight gain per day and infants in the control group.  Essentially, massage has been shown to improval vagal nerve activity and gastric activity. The vagus nerve is responsible for digestion
heart rate
breathing
cardiovascular activity
reflex actions, such as coughing, sneezing, swallowing, and vomiting

Learn Infant Massage
Infant massage can improve baby’s health, improve baby’s sleep quality, promote mother and baby bonding, promote father-baby bonding, improve vagus nerve function, improve weight gain (and other measures of growth).  So, what are you waiting for?  It’s time to learn infant massage.


Sources
*Basiri-Moghadam M, Basiri-Moghadam K, Kianmehr M, Jani S. The effect of massage on neonatal jaundice in stable preterm newborn infants: a randomized controlled trial. J PakMed Assoc.2015;65:602-6.
**Mindell, J.A., Lee, C.I., Leichman, E.S. & Rotella, K.N. (2018). Massage-based bedtime routine: Impact on sleep and mood in infants and mothers. Sleep Medicine, 41, 51-57.
***Porreca, A., Parolin, M., Boh4, G., Freato, S. & Simonelli, A. (2017). Infant massage and quality of early mother-infant interactions: Are there assocaitions with maternal psychological wellbeing, marital quality, and social support? Frontiers in Psychology, 2017 Jan 17;7:2049. Doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2016.02049. eCollection 2017.
****Cullen, C., Field, T., Escalona, A. & Hartshorn, K. (2000). Father-infant interactions are enhanced by massage therapy. Early Child Development and Care, 164, 41-47.
******The Effects of Massage by Mothers on Mother-Infant Attachment.  Mahnaz ShoghiSoroor SohrabiMahboobe Rasouli PMID: 29101776
 

Birth is a very special time in your life, but it's one day out of the entire childbearing year.  

You are meant to have a positive experience.  You can navigate all the challenges and concerns during pregnancy, birth and beyond with grace and ease.  

Let me guide you through it all! 

I support you with personalized coaching, pregnancy health, childbirth education, breastfeeding/formula feeding preparation as well as preparing for postpartum and even returning to work!  

Book your free consultation now and see how working with me can help you unlock the childbearing year of your dreams.
 
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