A ‘Baby’ Aspirin a Day May Help Prevent a Second Pregnancy Loss
For women who have had a pregnancy loss and are trying to get pregnant again, a simple routine can increase their chances: taking one baby aspirin a day.
A previous randomized study suggested that aspirin had no beneficial effects. However, re-analysis of the data, focusing on women who strictly adhere to the dosage, shows that an 81-milligram daily tablet taken while trying to conceive and throughout pregnancy is highly effective is. The new report is in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
The re-analysis included 1,227 women aged 18 to 40 who had one or two pregnancy losses and were trying to get pregnant again. The researchers found that taking a baby aspirin five to seven days a week resulted in eight more pregnancies, 15 more live births, and six fewer pregnancy losses per 100 women in the study compared to placebo. The key was strict adherence to the aspirin regime.
Women who were most attached were more likely to be married, non-Hispanic and white, of higher socio-economic status and fewer smokers. The association of daily aspirin consumption with a successful pregnancy was evident even after controlling for these factors.
Lead author, Ashley I. Naimi, associate professor of epidemiology at Emory University, warned that the results only apply to women who have lost one or two pregnancies, but those women, he said, “could be considered low-dose aspirin there pull are no other contraindications to the use of aspirin. “Ask your doctor about taking a low dose daily aspirin.