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#1 of 5 Old 01-09-2009, 11:20 AM - Thread Starter
 
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In my last two pregnancies, my membrane ruptured before going into labor. The first time it happened (must have been a smaller break high up, it trickled continuously but there was never any big WHOOSH!) I attributed it to my OB-employed midwife (at the time) stripping my membranes a day earlier, without my prior consent, in an attempt to "get things going." But then in my next pregnancy I wasn't with the same midwife and had lived and learned, no membrane stripping happened, and I had the huge waterfall waters-breaking two days before my due date. I didn't go into labor for more than 24 hours after this.

Anyway, I'd like to avoid this this time around, if I can; not only should it make labor more tolerable to have that extra cushioning for a while, but not being able to go anywhere because there's a folded-up towel in your pants kinda sucked. I've heard that taking extra vitamin C can help strengthen your bag of waters; does anyone know how much is recommended for this? I have some Emergen-C that I just started taking this morning; each packet is about 1,600% of your recommended daily value. But vitamin C is water-soluble, right (I'm too lazy to look it up)? Is the one packet per day enough, do you think, or should I take maybe a second one at night as well until I deliver?
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I just saw a thread about this on this board in the Pregnancy Forum I think. I think the suggestions were for orange pith and a couple other things I can't remember. I bet searching for pith would find it.
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I don't think I'd take two packets of Emergen-C for the remainder of our pregnancies. I might even split the one packet over two doses, or try to instead just mega dose through foods.

I heard the Brewer's Diet was very good for strengthening the amniotic sac, but be aware that also can lead to chunky babies.
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actually, taking a ton of vitamin C is fine as long as you continue to take the same dose after the baby is born so the baby can get it through your breastmilk-- there is some documentation of babies being suddenly weaned off of vitamin c and it can cause some problems.
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