Urinary albumin concentration (UA) and albumin/creatinine ratio (UA/UC) in early morning specimens were assayed in 225 consecutive pregnant women at 20, 26, 28 and 30 weeks of gestation. 193 did not develop preeclampsia (control group), 14 developed preeclampsia later (preeclamptic group), 9 were excluded and 9 dropped out. Reference intervals of UA and UA/UC of healthy pregnant women (wk 20-30) was obtained. A statistically significant increase in urinary albumin excretion was observed with increasing gestational age as a normal phenomenon. There was no significant difference in the values of UA and UA/UC in the preeclamptic group when compared with the control group at the same stage of gestation. This indicates that microalbuminuria cannot be used as a predictor of preeclampsia.