Schoeman J, Steyn PS, Odendaal HJ, GrovéD
This study was conducted as part of a double-blind randomised placebo-controlled trial, the aim of which was to determine whether vitamin C could reduce the recurrence risk of pre-term labour. In this study, women with a history of pre-term labour in a preceding pregnancy were randomised to receive either 250 mg vitamin C or a matching placebo twice daily until 34 weeks' gestation. They attended a dedicated pre-term labour clinic every 2 weeks. All women were screened for bacterial vaginosis (BV) at each visit. It was first determined that vitamin C did not have any effect on the presence of BV. Women who were diagnosed with BV before 20 weeks' gestation were at higher risk of delivering pre-term than those who developed BV after 20 weeks.
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