Can You Take 1000mg of Vitamin C During Pregnancy?

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By Lyndsay Hall | Updated on Dec 10, 2023
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The short answer is yes—although it’s probably unnecessary.

About 85 milligrams of vitamin C is required on a daily basis throughout pregnancy, which is equivalent to one large orange or half a red bell pepper. Pretty doable, right? Because your prenatal vitamin will likely include vitamin C as well as your diet, it’s typically very easy to meet your vitamin C needs during your pregnancy.

With that said, if you’re someone who likes to top up on vitamin C during cold and flu season, rest assured that supplementing with an additional dose is unlikely to harm you or your baby. The upper limit for vitamin C in adults based on the National Institutes of Health guidelines is 2000 milligrams per day. So as long as you’re mindful of how much vitamin C you’re getting through your supplements and the foods you’re eating, there’s no need for stress about your intake.

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Can You Take 1000mg of Vitamin C During Pregnancy?

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By Lyndsay Hall | Updated on Dec 10, 2023
Image for article Can You Take 1000mg of Vitamin C During Pregnancy?

The short answer is yes—although it’s probably unnecessary.

About 85 milligrams of vitamin C is required on a daily basis throughout pregnancy, which is equivalent to one large orange or half a red bell pepper. Pretty doable, right? Because your prenatal vitamin will likely include vitamin C as well as your diet, it’s typically very easy to meet your vitamin C needs during your pregnancy.

With that said, if you’re someone who likes to top up on vitamin C during cold and flu season, rest assured that supplementing with an additional dose is unlikely to harm you or your baby. The upper limit for vitamin C in adults based on the National Institutes of Health guidelines is 2000 milligrams per day. So as long as you’re mindful of how much vitamin C you’re getting through your supplements and the foods you’re eating, there’s no need for stress about your intake.

@expectful Questions about navigating cold and flu season with a baby on board? 🤧 We got you! #momwellness #safepregnancy #expectful #faq #healthandwellness #pregnancytok ♬ original sound - expectful

Pregnant woman holding her stomach on a bed with a plant in the background

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