Intake of Vitamin E Supplements During Pregnancy May be Harmful

by Medindia Content Team on  June 13, 2006 at 7:42 PM Women Health News
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Intake of Vitamin E Supplements During Pregnancy May be Harmful
Taking vitamin E supplements during pregnancy may lead to various health complications in newborns, says a study.

Vitamin E is an anti-oxidant found naturally in foods like nuts, vegetable oil and broccoli. Earlier research had suggested that vitamin E, particularly taken with vitamin C, could help protect against miscarriage and pre-eclampsia.

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However, Andrew Shennan, who led a two-year study at St. Thomas' Hospital in London, warned that pregnant women could be putting their unborn babies at risk by 'self-medicating' with high doses of vitamin E, reported the online edition of the Daily Mail.

The researchers studied 2,400 pregnant women at risk of pre-eclampsia. Some of them took 250 mg of vitamin E and 1,000 mg of vitamin C each day from 14 weeks until they gave birth.

Those women who took high doses, which were typical to those found in supplements, developed pre-eclampsia sooner and had a more severe form of the illness, the study found.

Nineteen babies were stillborn to mothers taking vitamin E supplements, compared with just seven in the group, which did not take the pills.

In addition, the birth weight of the babies whose mothers had taken the vitamins was on average 60 grams less than the placebo group.

The study has been published in The Lancet and the New England Journal of Medicine.

(Source: IANS)

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I am a 24yrs old girl pregnant with my first child at 6wks 4dys i had sex and the very next day start passing light blood,did an ultrasound at 9wks 4dys and it showed everything was ok,at 10wks didnt have no sex but was having the same problem went to the emergency room and saw a doctor and got 7dys leave because she said it was a threatened abortion,i am now 13wks pregnant with or without sex i would pass light blood after wiping myself when finish using the toilet,went to my obs/gynae doctor and he pescribed 100mg vitamin E for me to drink and placed me on 3dys bed rest because he said its a threatened abortion and he told me that i'm not suppose to have sex within my first trimester and my last trimester,well i didnt even kn0w that,can anyone please let me know whats going on i'm now starting to worry about my baby

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