Now the U.S. Preventive Service Task Force is recommending a low dose aspirin for women at high risk for preeclampsia.
Women with preeclampsia have dangerously high blood pressure and protein in their urine after 20 weeks of pregnancy. Now the U.S. Preventive Service Task Force is recommending a low dose aspirin for women at high risk after 12 weeks of pregnancy.
Taking a low dose aspirin daily lowers the risk of preeclampsia by 24 percent, and lowers the risk of pre-term birth by 14 percent. The recommendation is based on a review of the latest research preeclampsia is the leading cause of death in pregnant women.
Women are at high risk if they've had preeclampsia in a prior pregnancy, or if they have a history of diabetes, hypertension, or kidney disease.
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