Preeclampsia, also referred to as toxemia, is a problem that occurs in some women during pregnancy. It can happen during the second half of pregnancy and involves the combination of high blood pressure, swelling, and large amounts of protein in their urine. Preeclampsia is more common in a woman’s ﬁrst pregnancy and in women
whose mothers or sisters had preeclampsia. The risk of preeclampsia is higher in women carrying multiple babies, in teenage mothers, and in women older than age forty. Other women at risk include those who had high blood pressure or kidney dis- ease before they became pregnant. The cause of preeclampsia isn’t known, although nutritional deﬁciencies appear to be a major factor.
Plenty of water is important, as is adequate protein.
Essential fatty acids, as found in ﬁsh, nuts and seeds, and ground ﬂaxseeds, are rec- ommended.
Food to Avoid
Avoid foods that are high in trans-fatty acids, as found in fried food (cooked vegetable oils), margarine, and some packaged foods.
Super Seven Prescriptions—Preeclampsia
Super Prescription #1 Calcium
Take 500 mg three times daily. Several studies have found that calcium supplemen- tation reduces the risk of developing preeclampsia, especially in women who are at high risk.
Super Prescription #2 Magnesium
Take 500 mg twice daily. Some studies have shown magnesium to reduce the risk of developing preeclampsia, plus it helps to lower blood pressure.
Super Prescription #3 Homeopathic Apis (Apis melliﬁca)
Take a 30C potency twice daily if you have swelling of the lower limbs or protein in your urine.
Super Prescription #4 Homeopathic Natrum Muriaticum
Take a 30C potency twice daily if you have swelling and water retention, as well as a strong craving for salt and an intolerance of warm rooms.
Super Prescription #5 Homeopathic Sepia
Take a 30C potency twice daily if you have preeclampsia, feelings of chilliness, and irritability. You have a strong craving for chocolate.
Super Prescription #6 Homeopathic Lachesis
Take a 30C potency twice daily if you have very high blood pressure, accompa- nied by great heat and ﬂushing of the skin.
Super Prescription #7 Prenatal multivitamin
A high-quality prenatal multivitamin is recommended to provide a base of nutri- ents that promote good health. Particularly important are vitamins B2 and B6.
Vitamins E-complex and C may be helpful as antioxidants. Take 400 IU daily of vita- min E and 500 mg of vitamin C.