Fifty-two healthy pregnant women were enrolled in a double-blind, randomized, controlled clinical trial. After the 26th week of gestation, the women were given either 1.5 g of elemental calcium per day or a placebo. Subjects in the calcium group, after adjustment for race and initial blood pressure (BP), had a term mean systolic and diastolic BP value of 4-5 mmHg lower than those in the placebo group (P < .05). The incidence of pregnancy-induced hypertension was 11.1% in the placebo group and 4.0% in the calcium group, a nonsignificant difference. Combining these values with previous data, we found a dose-effect relationship between calcium intake and BP reduction during the third trimester of pregnancy. Further research should be directed at understanding the mechanism of this effect and trying to demonstrate a reduction in pregnancy-induced hypertension with calcium supplementation in a larger population.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Obstetrics and Gynecology|
|Issue number||3 PART I|
|State||Published - 1987|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Obstetrics and Gynecology