A small study done in Britain back in 1999 suggested that using vitamin C and vitamin E supplements could help prevent preeclampsia by clearing a woman's system of free radicals suspected to
However, these findings have recently proven to be false. Furthermore, the additional intake of these particular vitamins may actually increase your risk of having a low-birthweight baby.
In this other study, the same researchers who performed the first trial examined 2,400 pregnant women, all of whom were at high-risk of developing preeclampsia. While half of the women were given vitamin supplements, the other half received a placebo.
By the end of the study, 15% of women who had received vitamins had developed preeclampsia while 16% of those taking a placebo had preeclampsia. Yet, 28% of women from the vitamin group gave birth to a low-birthweight baby compared to 24% of women from the placebo group.
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