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Calcium Protects against pregnancy complications… Darrell Miller 4/15/06

Calcium Protects against pregnancy complications…

Date: April 15, 2006 01:34 PM
Author: Darrell Miller (
Subject: Calcium Protects against pregnancy complications…

Calcium Protects against pregnancy complications… Pregnant women may want to take a calcium supplement to help reduce the risk of developing symptoms related to Preeclampsia, report researchers. Preeclampsia is defined as a combination of elevated blood pressure and excess protein in the urine. Untreated, it can yield serious complications, including eclampsia, a combination of Preeclampsia and seizures, which can cause permanent brain, kidney, and liver damage in the mother, and is potentially fatal for the mother and baby. In the study, published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology (2006, vol.194: 639-49), more than 8,300 women pregnant with their first child received 1.5 grams of supplemental calcium per day, starting prior to 20 weeks of gestation, for the duration of the pregnancy. While taking calcium did not substantially lower Preeclampsia risk, it did significantly lower risks of complications related to Preeclampsia, including eclampsia and fatalities, among others.

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