When one is pregnant, a lot of questions come hurling in the mind. Every little thing seems to be as big as facing a natural disaster. Well, it's totally understandable. The first and most important criteria to follow when you are pregnant is to visit a good gynecologist. Try to consume as many nutrients as possible also, do not give up on the medications that your gynec prescribes.
Aspirin is one of the medications which is much debated when it comes to taking a dose during pregnancy. Generally, it is not recommended to pregnant women unless certain medical conditions show up. A low dose of Aspirin generally 60-100 milligrams is sometimes recommended for women who suffer from
- Recurrent pregnancy
- Preeclampsia, and
- Clotting disorders
Pregnant women always remain at a risk to experience preeclampsia and as such most of them are prescribed low doses of aspirin every day, once the third trimester is complete.
- A daily dose of 80 grams of Aspirin is known to reduce the signs and symptoms of preeclampsia, and late pregnancy symptoms in women.
- Women who suffer from preterm birth or low birth weight in their child especially resulting from a lot of pregnancy-related conditions are also advised low doses of aspirin.
- The most common problem that pregnant women face is preeclampsia, which not only affects the expecting mother but also the child.
- Aspirin can improve the outcome for both the mother and the baby, however, do not diagnose it yourself, make sure to follow the doctor’s recommendation.
Preeclampsia And Pregnancy
The condition of preeclampsia affects at least 70% of pregnant women around the world, which increases blood pressure and traces of protein in the urine.
- After 20 weeks of pregnancy, if it is not prevented in time it may pose a serious risk for the baby during the gestation period. Preeclampsia is one of those diseases that are responsible for birth defects in children.
- Women who contract preeclampsia, suffer from life-threatening organ damage and even stroke.
- The fetuses when affected with preeclampsia grow slower than normal. This is because the disease robs oxygen and nutrients leading to low weight or stillbirth in children.
- The growth of the baby when monitored during the phase of preeclampsia, along with the mother is reported to be extremely slow. In such cases, doctors prefer delivering the baby early to save the mother's life because it can lead to stroke.
- Those women who take aspirin during the third trimester and continue until childbirth are regularly monitored by the doctors.
- The over-the-counter regular availability of Aspirin is 81 milligrams, often referred to as baby aspirin.
However, the consumption of Aspirin during pregnancy raises second thoughts in those women who also require painkillers to combat lower abdominal pain. In such cases, the doctor might prescribe acetaminophen instead of aspirin to relieve both the symptoms at the same time.
Categories Of Women Exposed To The Risk Of Preeclampsia
- Women were expected to have multiple words such as twins, triplets or even more
- Women who have had preeclampsia in early pregnancy
- Not only preeclampsia but a combination of two or more moderate risk factors in a pregnant woman might also recommend the usage of daily dosage of aspirin, which specifically includes women who are obese.
- Women who are having their first child after 35 years of age, and also women who are having a baby for the first time, research has stated that no evidence of potential harms with daily dosage of aspirin, has been found so far for pregnant women. Instead, slow growth and preeclampsia effects have shown a considerable reduction.
Aspirin And The Chance Of Miscarriage
As per research, aspirin is not associated with the circumstances of increasing the chances of miscarriage.
- Low doses of aspirin, especially after the third trimester, till the end has shown to reduce the chances of miscarriage in women.
- Women who start using aspirin right after they conceive, improve their outcomes of pregnancy.
- Instead of going for any sort of assisted reproduction technologies, it's best to have aspirin with the consent of your doctor so that a healthy pregnancy is expected.
- All pregnant women have 5–8% percent chances of having birth defects in their child. This risk is known as the background risk of pregnant women.
- Low doses of aspirin do not increase the chances of birth defects.
- Aspirin modifies them and also produces favorable outcomes so that the features are environmentally stable inside the womb, and as well as outside post-birth.
High doses of aspirin, especially self-diagnosed intake, can cause birth defects. It is best to consult a medical practitioner. In some women, aspirin is advised only during the last two months and not before, as it may increase the chances of harmful effects.
Long Term Effects And Breastfeeding
There are no possible signs of any long term negative effect on a child whose mother had aspirin during her pregnancy. However, premature babies are found with lower behavioral skills and low learning abilities, because their mothers did not take aspirin in the required time. As such the premature baby may find it difficult to adapt to certain learning and behavioral habits.
- Breastfeeding women experience pain in the areolas.
- Not all low doses of available aspirin are recommended as a painkiller. Occasional use of the 75-milligram aspirin does not increase any chance of health hazards for the infant.
- Only small amounts of Aspirin enters breast milk. As such, high doses of aspirin for any person, especially for a pregnant woman, a breastfeeding mother and an infant who is less than 18 months old is not advised.
- It takes time for Aspirin to get eliminated from the child’s body and when it does the process happens slower than the others.
- With long term use of Aspirin during the breastfeeding phase, the levels of Aspirin in the infant’s body may increase. So always take the assurance of your healthcare provider, before consuming any medication.