Based on a recent research performed by the Oregon Health & Science University Doernbecher Children’s Hospital, a daily dose of Vitamin C could improve the pulmonary function of newborn babies even though women continue to smoke during pregnancy. Thanks to this study, doctors could help diminish the risk of pulmonary diseases in newborn babies.
The main priority of pregnant women should be their baby’s health; therefore, future moms are advised to quit smoking if they want the lungs of the fetus to be healthy. Unfortunately, few women manage to give up smoking, so several doctors at the Oregon Health & Science University Doernbecher Children’s Hospital performed a study to see if there was a miraculous medicine that could prevent pulmonary diseases in newborn babies of smoking women.
Cindy McEvoy and her colleagues gathered a group of 159 pregnant women who were unable to quit smoking. Some respondents received 500 milligrams of Vitamin C each day starting with the last 22 weeks of pregnancy, whereas the others took a placebo. Researchers also studied a group of non-smoking pregnant women as a reference point.
After the babies were delivered at the end of the gestation period, they were subjected to various medical tests to determine their pulmonary functions. The results clearly showed that the babies of the women who received Vitamin C had a significantly better lung function in comparison with the babies of the respondents who received placebo. The standard newborn pulmonary function testing, that is, TPTeF:TE and Crs was used to measure the condition of the babies’ lungs.
There were other discoveries that scientists made during their study. According to them, women who are very addicted to smoking or who tend to relapse are more likely to give birth to children with lung problems than light smokers. Despite this, McEvoy thinks all women should try to quit smoking during pregnancy because their children could otherwise suffer from wheezing and asthma in childhood. Although Vitamin C is a cheap and highly effective treatment it doesn’t mean women can continue their unhealthy habits.