Can Pre Eclampsia be prevented?

Pre Eclampsia does not seem to be a disease which can be prevented by regulating lifestyle factors such as what a woman eats, whether or not she smokes or drinks, how hard she works, how much exercise or rest she undertakes, how anxious or relaxed she is, and so on. However, there is some evidence which suggests that small doses of aspirin may prevent or delay the onset of Pre Eclampsia in certain mothers at particular risk of the disease. This could be because small doses of aspirin may prevent clotting in the placenta and thereby improve blood flow through the placenta.

Moreover, there is also some evidence to suggest that calcium supplements may decrease the risk of Pre Eclampsia, especially in mothers living in areas deficient in dietary calcium. Calcium may work under these circumstances by helping blood vessels to relax, thereby preventing hyper-tension.


Medical information supplied by:
Professor Shaun Brennecke
Director of Perinatal Medicine and University of Melbourne Department Head of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the Royal Women's Hospital, Melbourne