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Mine could be worse, but they ain't pretty either. I never get them outside of pregnancy, so I'm wondering if it's a nutrition thing? Any advice?
 

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I believe it's vitamin C.<br><br>
Take lots, it won't hurt the baby, as its water soluable and you will pee out what you can't use.<br><br>
once your pee turns "bright" yellow, you are taking enough, could be upwards or 5000 mgs (or whatever they measure vitamins in)
 

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Typically, they show up b/c your immune system is knocked down by pregnancy, allowing the virus to flare up.<br><br>
I haven't heard Vitamin C to be terribly helpful, but if it's your "trigger" - it certainly can't hurt.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I believe it's vitamin C.<br><br>
Take lots, it won't hurt the baby, as its water soluable and you will pee out what you can't use.<br><br>
once your pee turns "bright" yellow, you are taking enough, could be upwards or 5000 mgs (or whatever they measure vitamins in)</div>
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DO NOT overload on Vitamin C. Especially not 5000 milligrams. Overloads of Vitamin C can act as an "herbal" abortifacent ( i don't know how to spell this). Of course it is definitely more potent if you're in your first weeks of pregnancy...but at any level it causes the connection between the placenta and the uterus to start breaking down (by lowering progesterone). This can hurt your baby and put you at risk for placental abruption. Like I said its more effective in the earliest weeks of pregnancy but I WOULD NOT take that chance.<br><br>
Using your current diet as a map-- research lysine and argnine (these are amino acids) and cut out foods with too much argnine and add in foods with lots of lysine. Common argnine rich foods include wheat and nuts. Common lysine rich foods include eggs and dairy (meat too, but I'm veggie). There are also tons of websites dedicated to this kind of therapy for cold sores/herpes.<br><br>
But I insist. DO NOT overload on Vitamin C.
 

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For many women, the immune system is weaker during pregnancy. I have a similar problem but for me it makes my allergies worse. I have found eating better (lots of fruits and veggies) and eliminating chemicals that stress the immune system (for me this was a lot of commercial cleaning products) seem to help me the most.<br><br>
You could try lysine like a pp mentioned. I also recommend probiotics if you're not already taking them.
 

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I second lysine. When not pg, if I feel like I'm about to get one, I'll take a lysine supplement, and nothing even shows up. I'm not sure about pregnancy, but definitely check it out.
 

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actually i've read that you should not take (orally) lysine while pregnant. I have a topical ointment that i use when not pg, but haven't used it while, for fear that THAT might be too much as well. i couldn't find anything online about topical lysine so i just forego...plus i've actually been lucky and only broken out once during the time i've been pregnant and that's when i had strept throat as well.<br><br>
you can check with your hcp if topical lysine would be alright. otherwise just doing the food thing will help too. it helps if i don't have the topical ointment. when not pg i've noticed that too much (more than 2-3 times per week) peanut butter/peanuts and walnuts def. makes me break out. I've also noticed that if i have a breakout tomatoes and citrus will make it worse.
 

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thanks all! i'll add more food-based vit c to avoid the OD -- i'm remembering now that i ate a lot of frozen berries in ds's pregnancy, to build collagen for the am. sac, and this probably helped prevent cold sores too. will check lysine and other recs too. much appreciated! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 
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