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Aspirin During Pregnancy

Can You Take Aspirin While Pregnant?

Aspirin or acetylsalicylic acid is a drug generally prescribed to relieve mild or chronic pain to reduce fever and inflammation.  Aspirin during pregnancy is not recommended in adult doses. 

It can cause prospective detrimental outcomes both for the mother and baby.  Before taking any type of medicine during pregnancy make sure to consult with your doctor.

Aspirin FDA Pregnancy Category

Category C:  During the first and second trimesters

Category D:  During the third trimester

During 1990, the FDA issued a warning that is extremely important not to use aspirin during the last trimester of the pregnancy. 

Adverse Effects of Taking Full Dose Aspirin In Pregnancy

If you take full doses of aspirin during any trimester of your pregnancy will increase the chances of maternal bleeding and fetal.

Maternal Complications

If Aspirin is taken during conception or early pregnancy may cause:

  • Increase risk of miscarriage
  • Issues with fetal development

During late pregnancy

  • Prolonged labor
  • Interruption labor
  • Placental abruption
  • Increased risk of bleeding after delivery

Harmful effects on the baby

High doses of aspirin during pregnancy can trigger some of these factors:

  • Intrauterine growth retardation
  • Fetal pulmonary hypertension
  • Decreased birth weight
  • Perinatal mortality
  • Cerebral hemorrhage
  • Teratogenic effects

Is Low Dose Or Baby Aspirin Safe During Pregnancy?

The baby aspirin contains about a quarter or a bit lower doses of adult aspirin doses contain. The tablets usually have about 75mg to 81mg of aspirin.  Sometimes the low dosage at times is prescribed if you have a high-risk pregnancy. 

Possible Effects On Preventing Miscarriage

Low-dose aspirin is used wisely for those diagnosed with antiphospholipid syndrome (APS).  APS is a disorder of the immune system that affects the blood.  If you have APS blood cuts may form in blood vessels and the placenta if you are pregnant.  

Many pregnant women take anticoagulant medication and baby aspiring to helps them prevent any formation of blood clots, helping reduce the risk of miscarriage. 

Possible Effects of Preventing Preeclampsia In High Risk Cases

There was a study implemented in Rotterdam reported the possible benefits of low dose aspirin. It reduced the complications resulting from high blood pressure.  

Safer Substitute for Aspirin In Pregnancy

Many doctors prescribe Paracetamol for treating pain and fever during pregnancy. It’s a safer option with lesser effects. Before taking any medications make sure to speak with your doctor. 

Aspirin While Breastfeeding

Don’t take any aspirin or aspirin-containing products while breastfeeding.  Aspirin is transferred to breast milk, and it is estimated that a nursing baby receives about 4-6% of the mother’s dose.

 It’s important to speak with your doctor before taking any medications. 

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