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Baby Your Baby: Low-Dose Aspirin for Preeclampsia Prevention

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Baby Your Baby - Low Dose Aspirin

(KUTV) Preeclampsia is a pregnancy complication that involves high blood pressure and protein in the urine. It can be dangerous to both mom and baby and can lead to premature birth. About 5-8% of pregnancies are affected by preeclampsia. For women at risk of developing preeclampsia during pregnancy, low-dose aspirin is one prevention strategy that might be able to help. Laura Baksh, Manager of the Maternal and Infant Health Program at the Utah Department of Health stopped by KUTV to explain who should consider a low-dose aspirin regimen during their pregnancy.

Risk factors for preeclampsia include:

o A history of preeclampsia

o Being pregnant with multiples

o Having chronic hypertension

o Having Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes

o Having renal disease

o Having autoimmune disease

It is recommended that women at high risk for developing preeclampsia begin taking low-dose aspirin (81 mg/day) after 12 weeks or pregnancy. Women should discuss these risk factors with their prenatal care provider to see if they should begin taking low-dose aspirin

More information on preeclampsia can be found at www.preeclampsia.org

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