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Preeclampsia is the main complication of pregnancy in developing countries. Calcium starting at 14 weeks of pregnancy is indicated to prevent the disease. Recent advances in prevention of preeclampsia endorse the addition of conjugated linoleic acid.


To estimate the protective effect from calcium alone, compared to calcium plus conjugated linoleic acid in nulliparous women at risk of preeclampsia.


A case-control design nested in the cohort of nulliparous women attending antenatal care from 2010 to 2014. The clinical histories of 387 cases of preeclampsia were compared with 1,054 normotensive controls. The exposure was prescriptions for calcium alone, the first period, or calcium plus conjugated linoleic acid, the second period, from 12 to 16 weeks of gestational age to labor. Confounding variables were controlled, allowing only nulliparous women into the study and stratifying by age, education and ethnic group.


The average age was 26.4 yrs old (range= 13-45), 85% from mixed ethnic backgrounds and with high school education. There were no differences between women who received calcium carbonate and those who did not (OR= 0.96; 95% CI= 0.73-1.27). The group of adolescents (13 to 18 years old) in the calcium plus conjugated linoleic acid was protected for preeclampsia (OR= 0.00; 95% CI= 0.00-0.44) independent of the confounder variables.


1. Calcium supplementation during pregnancy did not have preventive effects on preeclampsia. 2. Calcium plus Conjugated Linoleic acid provided to adolescents was observed to have preventive effect on Preeclampsia.


Alberto Alzate, Epidemiology Research Group and Services (GRIEPI). Free University-sectional Cali, Colombia.

Epidemiology Research Group and Services (GREEK)

Rodolfo Herrera, Grupo Epidemiology Research and Services (GRIEPI). Free University-sectional Cali, Colombia. -Coomeva EPS, Cali, Colombia.

Teaching in the Master's program in Epidemiology at the Free University - Sectional Cali.

Lucia Maracelly Pineda, -Coomeva EPS, Cali, Colombia.

Jefe Nacional de Promoción y Prevención, Coomeva EPS, Cali - Colombia.

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Received 2015-03-09
Accepted 2015-07-16
Published 2024-06-14