Pregnancy - Vitamins
C and E Don’t Prevent Birth Complications – Symptoms - Preeclampsia Not
Avoided by Large Doses of Antioxidants
April 27th 2006
Large doses of vitamins C and E won’t prevent preeclampsia, according to
research in the April 27th issue of the New England Journal of
Medicine. Preeclampsia is a relatively common but potentially dangerous
pregnancy complication, which affects 5-8% of all pregnancies.
Preeclampsia occurs only during pregnancy and the postpartum period, and
is characterized by high blood pressure and the presence of protein in
the urine. Symptoms include swelling, sudden weight gain, headaches and
changes in vision, but according to the Preeclampsia Foundation, some
women with rapidly advancing disease report few symptoms.
The study included 1,877 Australian women pregnant for the first time.
The researchers excluded women who were pregnant with multiple fetuses
and women with chronic health conditions, such as kidney disease and
high blood pressure. They found that the addition of these vitamins did
not prevent preeclampsia or even lower the risk of complications for the