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Asprin for mc prevention

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Emmafh3 Mon 11-Jun-18 22:28:14

Has anybody been prescribed or even self medicated low dose (75g) asprin after multiple miscarriages?

My doctors won't test until I've miscarried another time. But I don't know if I can go through that shit again. Don't understand how having another makes having multiple mc's more valid anyway...

But any positives or negatives to asprin during early pregnancy.
How long did you take it for, when did you start taking it?
Where you a 'normal' weight/borderline under?
As much detail as possible please!

Prembabymum Tue 12-Jun-18 08:05:06

So sorry for ypur losses x I was prescribed asprin for a history of preeclampsia in my family rather than mcs. I never did suffer from preeclampsia in the end but my baby did arrive at 29 weeks for unknown reasons. Hes 1 now and thriving. I think it's commonly prescribed so it must be low risk but I would def seek medical advice rather than just take it yourself

Tefiti2 Tue 12-Jun-18 08:51:16

Hi @Emmafh3,
Really sorry to hear of your losses flowers - I am in the same boat! Had a mc at 5 weeks in Jan 18, then another at 6 weeks in Apr 18. Totally devastating, as we already have a 4yo conceived with no problems, so thought we would be one of the lucky ones!
I’m about 8dpo and if I get a BFP shall start taking asprin, as advised by GP as apparently it can’t do any harm! We haven’t been referred to RMC either, and like you really don’t want to go through it again.

Pigletthedog Tue 12-Jun-18 10:58:10

Sorry for your losses @Emmafh3

I was prescribed aspirin with my last pregnancy (my daughter is now 4 months old), after losing my son in my second pregnancy due to placental abruption.

I was prescribed it as it apparently improves placental function but I was told not to take it until I reached 12 weeks, so not sure whether it should be taken sooner? I took it right up until the day she was born.

Hoping everything goes well for you X.

redhead82 Tue 12-Jun-18 13:37:45

@Emmafh3 , I hope you don't mind me jumping on this post but it's exactly what I wanted to ask.

I had a mc just over 2 weeks ago. Keen to try again ASAP but want to do everything in my power to make sure it's more successful next time. I've heard (please don't quote me) that aspirin can help blood flow to the uterus and help thicken the uterine wall, thus reducing the chance of mc. I'd love to hear any other advice though.

Emmafh3 Tue 12-Jun-18 15:05:53

@redhead82 hop along, the more the merrier!
I too have read lots on it just improving blood flow (thinner blood so travels more readily through all the capillaries I imagine)
Have read lots of positives but no real negatives on how it could potentially harm baby

@pigletthedog i imagine it was specifically for the placental abruption later in pregnancy, they seem to want any mc before 12 to just happen naturally and not attempt to prevent it...
Congrats on your little 4month old joy!

@tefiti2 we're on the same cycle I think! (although could be messed up with having just mc still...)
Had your doctor said to take it straight away and how much/when to stop, any side effects?

I've demanded bloods to check for regular health but getting that was like drawing blood out of a stone so lord knows how I'll manage to actually get them to talk about asprin for pregnancy aid

redhead82 Tue 12-Jun-18 18:39:10

I think I'm just going to go for it, and start taking them ASAP. From what I've heard, the advice generally (when you can get a gp to discuss it) is that it won't do any harm at such a low dose. When I was pregnant I was told by my midwife that I would probably have to go on aspirin at some point due to my high bmi, which I assume was to reduce the risk of pre-eclampsia so I'll just be taking it a bit earlier than planned.

Good luck trying to get some answers from the doctor.

Funkyemzie Tue 12-Jun-18 22:40:39

Just a note on the flip side (sorry). I was prescribed low dose aspirin due to preeclampsia in my previous pregnancy, they said prevention is better than cure. Still miscarried at 10+4. I was taking them from 5 weeks, that was Feb 18. Sorry for your losses. Xxx

Funkyemzie Tue 12-Jun-18 22:45:42

Sorry, that was a bit confusing, it's late. I found out I was pregnant early Jan 18 and docs told me to take aspirin because with my daughter in my first pregnancy 10 years ago I had preeclampsia.

So with this one they wanted me to start on it straight away. I still suffered MC in Feb 18.

redhead82 Tue 12-Jun-18 23:00:13

@Funkyemzie yeah you're right, I don't think it will help in every case, but I just think if I don't take it, I'll regret it if things go wrong again. I suppose I'm clutching at straws but willing to try anything! So sorry it didn't work out for you.

SW2Sugar Wed 13-Jun-18 04:32:19

Hi all,

I hope you don't mind me posting, but having been in your position OP, I thought it was right to hear the other side too.

I had two miscarriages and self prescribed low dose aspirin. I told a consultant about it, he said it could do no harm.

At my 6 week scan, the baby was measuring smaller than it should have, but there was a heartbeat.
The consultant then said he'd been on a training course and the new guidelines suggested low dose aspirin doesn't help where tests are normal and could do more harm than good.
I got a small bleed (subchorionic hematoma), tiny, at 5 weeks, but kept taking the aspirin.
The baby kept growing until 10 weeks when it stopped suddenly. I was having regular scans.
I was convinced something was wrong with the baby as it had been measuring small - testing showed normal male baby.

All my tests are normal too. I was then referred to Dr. Raj Rai at St. Mary's. He performs a specialist blood test, TEG test. It was normal. He said in such an event, low dose aspirin would increase my chance of miscarriage and I should absolutely never take it in any future pregnancy.

I'm really sorry to write this as it would probably be fine. So many people take it and have success. But I just wanted to leave something so you could consider both sides. I never comment on aspirin threads, as everybody says how harmless it is, they're probably right and I'm the anomaly, but just thought you should know.

I wish you all the best and please report my post if it is out of place and upsetting. x

BlueBug45 Wed 13-Jun-18 06:57:15

One of my friends' who had repeat miscarriages was told to take it from 6 weeks though her miscarriages happened either earlier than that or around the same time. So she though taking it was a waste of time.

Everyone else, myself included, have been told to take it from 12 weeks. As far as I'm aware the only reason for the our prescriptions is maternal age. Every NHS area has slightly different criteria on who should take it and my GP checked with a consultant on why the midwife told her to prescribe it for me as the only risk factor I have is age.

Anyway I dug into some of the research papers and reviews include Cochrane reviews on the prescription of aspirin in pregnancy while waiting my for my own prescription. There is strong evidence to support the use of aspirin to prevent preeclampsia and it's complications, there is currently none to support it for recurrent miscarriages even in women with inherited clotting disorders. In regards to whether it increases the risk of miscarriages there is no information on that, and my friend who took it would have stopped if she found any evidence for it. (I should point out most of my friends' or their partners have scientific or statistical backgrounds.)

Emmafh3 Wed 13-Jun-18 08:57:31

@SW2Sugar @BlueBug45
Its great to hear the other side, it's exactly what I wanted to hear (positive and negative)
And it's all the stuff I had in the back of my head worrying about it too.
Sorry for everybodys losses.
Plan on bugging my doctor today to see if he will give any extra advise, if not I'll bug another doctor until information has been given!
Would love to be kept posted on any body else's experiences ;past or present.

redhead82 Wed 13-Jun-18 11:54:45

Yes @SW2Sugar and @BlueBug45, thanks for that information. I'm not sure what to do now 🙈. I'll maybe continue with my research before making any rash decisions.

Verity23 Wed 13-Jun-18 12:46:03

My fertility specialist told me to start taking low dose aspirin straight away after my second miscarriage in Jan. I've been taking it since Feb but haven't gotten pregnant again yet unfortunately.
I took it from 12 weeks in my second pregnancy after having eclampsia in my first and had a healthy baby boy.

Emmafh3 Wed 13-Jun-18 13:18:29

Found this that had a few experiences, but it is an old thread so not sure how much more research has been done since then!

Wonkydonkey44 Wed 13-Jun-18 13:45:41

I had 3 miscarriages including one mmc I took aspirin (bought from boots ) I took it all the way through my successful pregnancy and my beautiful daughter was born 5 years ago.

Emmafh3 Thu 14-Jun-18 15:49:42

What made you want to take aspirin without it being prescribed?
I talked to a doctor today and he advised me not to take it as my two previous mc's could have just been bad luck. He also admitted that if I had another mc this time around (assuming I even get pregnant again) they would change their tune about giving me aspirin. He also admitted that he didn't actually know a whole lot on the subject so I think a lot of him saying not to take it is him covering his back.

Would you self medicate it and see if it helps or think the worst if you mc again taking 75mg, or would you leave it and see if you naturally held on to that sticky bean and took the chance of miscarrying that way?

Wonkydonkey44 Thu 14-Jun-18 17:31:56

I just decided I had nothing to loose , I fell pregnant easily but it’s didnt stick .
I have no regrets and I’m glad I did it x

Emmafh3 Thu 14-Jun-18 19:32:34

Glad it worked for you!
I don't fall preg easily unfortunately and we have a bit of a time clock going (hubby is much older and it's not fair on him to force him to have newborns in years to come)
So I'm still in a pickle of whether it's worth the risk of taking it or not. Arghhhh
I must add I'm somebody who hates all medicine. Won't even take paracetamol and get by without antibiotics. But would do anything for my children.... Blah dilemmas

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