Could taking aspirin during pregnancy decrease your chances of miscarriage?

By Mieke Vlok
18 September 2010

It sounds like a miracle cure that could save thousands of women the world over of heartache, but doctors warn that it’s not that simple.

Although it doesn’t help all pregnant women, there are a few woman for whom aspirin can bring relief, say experts.

A British woman told newspaper The Daily Mail vertel that for four years in a row she lost a baby at 11 weeks and thanks to a daily aspirin tablet she now has a healthy four-year-old son.

“There are cases where aspirin can help,” says Dr David Hall, a professor of obstetrics and gynaecology at Stellenbosch University. But he warns that, “most (in absolute numbers) miscarriages experienced by women are a normal process of abnormal pregnancies being lost early.”

He explains that although aspirin cannot help all women it can be beneficial for woman who struggle with recurring miscarriages, especially woman who suffer from thrombophilia or antiphospholipid syndrome. Both these conditions cause the blood to clot and leads to a high risk of miscarriage.

“These are the women who benefit from aspirin and in some special cases heparin therapy.”

Aspirin is most commonly found in pain killers and Dr Hall says it’s important that woman first consult with their doctor before considering aspirin.

“Finally aspirin also has an important role in preventing pre-eclampsia in high risk women. Pre-eclampsia which incorporates high blood pressure is a particularly dangerous condition, which is more likely in the presence of obesity.”

He says that aspirin can also prevent the thickening of blood, reduce inflammation as well as chances of miscarriage – but woman need to first consult with their doctor.

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