This vitamin, which is found in foods such as citrus fruits and juices, tomatoes, red and green peppers, strawberries, mangoes, papayas, cantaloupe, and spinach, is needed for the development of connective tissue, wound healing, immune function, and iron absorption. Vitamin C helps build strong bones, teeth, and skin. It is also a potent antioxidant; it destroys free radicals, which are molecules that can damage cells.
Because vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin, the body cannot store it. That means you must replenish your vitamin C stores every day. To ensure that you have the vitamin C you and your baby need, eat at least one vitamin C-rich food every day.
Originally published in You & Your Baby: Pregnancy.
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