Promising new research suggests the over-the-counter drug aspirin could help lessen the risk of another miscarriage. But you should still talk to your doctor about it.
A study published by the American College of Physicians found that strictly adhering to a low dosage of aspirin at least four days a week led to an increase of 30 percent in live births in a study of 1,227.
That’s eight more pregnancies, six fewer pregnancy losses, and 15 more live births for every 100 person in the trial.
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“There is growing consensus that low-dose aspirin may be helpful for those at risk. It should be started well before pregnancy and used consistently to have maximal effect,” Dr. Hugh Taylor, the department chair of obstetrics, gynecology, and reproductive sciences at Yale School of Medicine, told Healthline.
Aspirin is often recommended o pregnant women with high blood pressure during pregnancy (preeclampsia) and antiphospholipid syndrome, an auto-immune disorder that causes blood clots, two conditions that can impact the health of a pregnancy.
Aspirin works for these conditions by increasing blood flow to the placenta. But it’s important to note that aspirin is a blood thinner, and can cause bleeding.
While the research is promising, it is imperative you speak to your doctor if you’re interested in learning more.
“Aspirin may be beneficial for everyone thinking of having a baby, but until we know that to be true, I would recommend it for women who have had a prior loss or who have risk factors such as an underlying autoimmune or inflammatory condition or who are at risk for high blood pressure,” Dr. Taylor continued.
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