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Vitamin C May Prevent Pre-Term Labor

vitamincpreventlabor.jpgDoctors recently learned that moms who go into labor before 37 weeks often have lower levels of vitamin C than average. Vitamin C is an important component of the amniotic fluid that surrounds the baby and doctors suspect a lack of vitamin C may trigger early labor.

Most vitamin C comes from fruit and vegetables. Here’s some foods that are rich in vitamin C.

  • Many fruits, especially blackcurrants, oranges, guava, kiwi fruit, melon, lemon, mango, papaya, grapefruit and strawberries.
  • Lots of vegetables, like broccoli, spinach, cauliflower, red bell peppers, potatoes and cabbage.
  • Fruit juices are rich in vitamin C or are fortified with vitamin C, breakfast cereals

usually have vitamin C added, but check the label.

And of course, pre-natal vitamins. Another reason to take those pre-natal vitamins especially if you don’t eat many veggies.

Source – International Medical News Group

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