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Vitamins C and E reduce pre-eclampsia

When pregnant, women can have elevated blood pressure, a condition called pre-eclampsia, which may require inducing labor or surgical delivery. Doctors said antioxidants may lower chances of pre-eclampsia.

In one study, 110 pregnant women with low levels of antioxidants took 1,000 mg of vitamin C plus 400 IU of vitamin E per day or a placebo from eight to 12 weeks pregnant. They continued supplementation through two weeks after giving birth. Nine of the women developed pre-eclampsia, with eight of the cases in the placebo group and one in the antioxidant group.

Doctors concluded that women who are low in antioxidants may reduce the chances of pre-eclampsia by taking antioxidants during early pregnancy. 

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