Saturday 10 November UK News feed. Experts are warning women not to take Vitamin E supplements during pregnancy because it may harm the unborn child.
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Concern over vitamin E, particularly in large doses, comes as record numbers of Britons, including pregnant women, turn to vitamins thinking they will protect their health.
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He also thinks that the vitamin could disrupt the functions of the placenta, depriving babies of nutrients, and argues that children born to women who have taken high doses of vitamin E may have an increased risk of asthma and eczema.
Concerns were raised when experts at St Thomas' Hospital in London conducted a trial on 2, women at risk of pre-eclampsia. The women took high doses of vitamins E and C from 14 weeks until they gave birth.