If You Must Smoke While Pregnant, At Least Take Vitamin C

smoking kidMore than 50% of smokers who become pregnant continue to smoke. Smoking is known to contain numerous toxins and oxidative stressors and has been shown to adversely affect lung development with life-long decreases in lung function, and increased asthma risk.

Published this year in JAMA, May 2014, “Vitamin C supplementation for pregnant smoking women and pulmonary function in their newborn infants”, randomized half the women to take 500 mg of vitamin C daily and the other half to take a placebo. They were then followed for a year. The main outcome was that those infants whose moms took vitamin C had half the chance of wheezing during the first year. You can read the article here…

I would add that taking other anti-oxidants and supporting the methylation cycle would probably give even further benefits. The best source of anti-oxidants is a diet full of fresh fruits and vegetables. Consider supplementing low dose (RDA amounts) of vitamin A, beta-carotene, vitamin E, and selenium, as well as lutein, lycopene, and NAC (N-acetyl-cysteine) to help with getting rid of toxins and counteracting oxidative stress created by smoking.

The best thing of all would be to get whatever help you needed to quit smoking.  There is no better time than pregnancy to make the big changes needed to prepare your body to be the safe vessel it can be for your baby.  There is no better time than now while you are pregnant or about to be pregnant, to create a life-style you would be proud to bring your baby into.


Dr. Paul



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