Research suggests that preeclampsia, or a pregnancy condition involving high blood pressure and other possible dangerous side effects, affects about 4% of pregnant women across Ohio and the United States. Preeclampsia has the potential to prove quite serious. However, you may be able to reduce your risk of developing the condition by taking a common over-the-counter medication.
According to MedPage Today, the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force recently doubled down on its assertion that at-risk pregnant women should take a daily aspirin regimen starting at the end of the first trimester to reduce the risk of preeclampsia.
Who benefits from taking aspirin to prevent preeclampsia
You may want to consider starting an aspirin regimen to prevent preeclampsia if you have one or more existing risk factors for the condition. These risk factors might include a history of the condition, chronic hypertension or pregestational diabetes. You may also be a good candidate for an aspirin regimen during pregnancy if you have kidney disease or some type of autoimmune condition. If you have two or more moderate risk factors, such as obesity, you may also want to speak with your medical team about whether aspirin might benefit you.
How aspirin reduces preeclampsia risks
Studies suggest that taking aspirin offers a “substantial net benefit” in terms of reducing your risk of preeclampsia. However, it may also benefit you in other areas. For example, it may lower your risk of having a preterm birth or delivering a baby that is small for his or her gestational age. It may, too, reduce the risk of perinatal mortality.
Every patient and situation is different. So, while taking aspirin may lead to significant health benefits during pregnancy, always speak with your medical team before starting such a regimen yourself.