L-Arginine and Vitamins May Prevent Pre-eclampsia in Pregnancy

It is estimated that approximately 1 in every 20 pregnancies end in pre-eclampsia (preeclampsia). Pre-eclampsia is when towards the end of a pregnancy, the mother's blood pressure rises or develops hypertension, has protein in her urine and develops unusual fluid retention, swelling or edema in the face, hands and feet. Not only is pre-eclampsia dangerous for the mother and unborn baby, it can progress to eclampsia, seizures, liver damage and even death for both the mother and baby. When a mother develops pre-eclampsia or eclampsia, the much needed blood flow and nutrients to the baby may be less than what the baby needs to grow and thrive. Any decrease in blood flow or nutrients to an unborn baby can lead to a brain damaged baby, cerebral palsy, death or a stillborn baby.

The British Medical Journal (BMJ) recently published the results of a research study from La Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico. The study showed that high risk pregnant mothers with a history of preeclampsia, or who have had a first relative who suffered with preeclampsia, who took a dietary supplement containing L-arginine along with other antioxidant vitamins in the later part of the pregnancy experienced a reduction in the risk of preeclampsia.

In the study, 670 high-risk Mexican women were given either a nutritional bar that contained L-arginine and antioxidants, vitamins alone, or a placebo pill. The results of the study showed that the women who ate the nutritional bars with the L-arginine were approximately 50% less likely to develop preeclampsia than the women who took only vitamins or placebo pills. The authors believe that the L-arginine helped maintain good blood flow during the pregnancy.

Even though this was only one study, it may open up the other pathways or research to hopefully identify the cause of preeclampsia in pregnancy and eliminate it. Here at the nationally known Beasley Philadelphia birth injury law firm, we are all too familiar with the devastating birth injuries, baby brain damage or maternal injuries that can occur when a mother has preeclampsia during pregnancy.

The Nationally known Beasley Philadelphia birth injury law firm has an unparalleled record of success reviewing and litigating preeclampsia and birth injury cases with documented results. Our specialized birth injury team is made up of doctors, and nurses who have collectively worked over 60 years in the hospital, in the labor and delivery and neonatal intensive care units. Our collective knowledge assisted in obtaining two of the largest medical negligence verdicts in Pennsylvania history, $100 million and $55 million. To date, we have had billions awarded on behalf of injured mothers or brain damaged babies.

If you or your child has been injured due to preeclampsia, please contact one of our experienced Philadelphia birth injury attorneys at (215) 866-2424 for a risk free, no fee, and confidential consultation.


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