Wednesday’s Food for Thought: Vitamin C and Pregnancy

By: Katlyn Piscatelli, Applied Nutrition for Healthy Living Fall 2012

Vitamin C deficiencies are becoming more prevalent in the world today. A study done with new research at the University of Copenhagen shows the effects of this. A large percentage of people suffer fromm the consequences of vitamin C deficiencies. Specific groups of people are more susceptible to vitamin C deficiencies that others are. Knowing the importance of vitamin C during pregnancy can help prevent serious consequences that may occur to the fetus.

            According to population studies, a large percentage of people suffer the consequences due to vitamin C deficiencies. About ten to twenty of all fully developed adults suffer from vitamin C deficiencies that started before they were born. These deficiencies cause brain damage and it cannot be reversed by taking vitamin C supplements after birth.  Humans cannot produce vitamin C on their own, which is why it is so important for pregnant women to take their daily vitamin pill.  Deficiencies effect the brain by stunting the growth of the hippocampus and the important memory center preventing development. Once the damage is done to the fetal brain, it can never be undone.

         There are certain categories of people that are more vulnerable of vitamin C deficiencies than others. One group that suffers more often are people who hold poor economic status. These people may not be able to afford to eat correctly or cannot get access to the correct vitamin supplements during pregnancy. Another group of people that suffer are those who smoke. Not to mention all the problems smoking when pregnant will cause. The importance of taking care of the fetus during pregnancy should be the top priority of the pregnant women. The study shows that if women eat a well balanced diet, don’t smoke, and take a daily vitamin supplement during pregnancy, there will be no vitamin C deficiency.

Works Cited

“When Pregnant Women Lack Vitamin C, Their Babies Pay The Price.” Medical News Today. MediLexicon International, 20 Nov. 2012. Web. 05 Dec. 2012.



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