From CBC News
Taking low-dose Aspirin during pregnancy may help reduce a woman's risk of a sudden increase in blood pressure, say researchers who reviewed studies on the approach.
Pre-eclampsia is a condition of pregnancy characterized by a sudden increase in blood pressure after the sixth month of pregnancy. Excess protein in the urine is another symptom.
Dr. Lisa Askie of the University of Sydney and her colleagues in Australia and the U.K. reviewed 31 studies on the effects of taking Aspirin or other antiplatelet drugs. The studies looked at more than 32,000 women and their babies.
The cause of pre-eclampsia is unclear. Complications in early pregnancy can lead to irregular blood flow to the placenta, blood clots and death of placental tissue that turn on clotting systems.
More public service announcements from your buddies at Tango! It looks like pregnant women can use the blood-thinning effect of aspirin to reduce the blood pressure spikes of pre-eclampsia. According to the report, aspirin had another nice health benefit for pregnant women: it makes them 10% less likely to have a baby prematurely before 34 weeks. Not a bad day’s work for one of our oldest over-the-counter pills. This is just one more thing for pregnant mothers to remember in addition to steering clear of arsenic and x-ray machines and minimizing slips and falls.