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Prescribed 75mg aspirin from 12 weeks, not entirely comfortable taking it

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Gingerbreadpixie Sat 16-Feb-13 09:03:20

Hi all. At my first consultant appointment at 5 weeks I was told that as a type 1 diabetic I should take this low dose aspirin daily from 12 weeks without much explanation (that I understood, anyway!). Well 12 weeks is here and I just feel v uncomfortable with the thought of taking it.

I posted a message in the T1diabetic pregnancy thread and some of the ladies had been told to take it and some hadn't. From what I now understand it aids blood flow to the placenta and can reduce the risk of pre-eclampsia.

So there are sound reasons for taking, it seems to be standard in NHS guidelines in diabetic pregnancy but I'm still uncertain about it. Not helpd by the fact I have OCD and anxiety around fear of contaminating/damaging the baby.

If anyone could let me know their experiences of taking 75mg of aspirin in pregnancy I think it might help. Thanks x

ferntwist Tue 06-Mar-18 16:15:23

So glad all is going well for you Zaa. Do you know how long you might keep taking it?

zaalitje Mon 05-Mar-18 21:45:09

fernt I'm 28 weeks now

RogueAnnJosh Mon 05-Mar-18 21:43:16

Just noticed it’s a zombie thread 🙈

RogueAnnJosh Mon 05-Mar-18 21:42:08

I took 75ng aspirin from 12 weeks as my mum had preeclampsia.
I ended up getting preeclampsia, hospitalised at 31 weeks and had to have steroids as blood pressure was through the roof. BUT I made it to term (37+4) before being induced, and I like to think the aspirin helped me last longer and avoid a preteen birth.
My lovely 2 year old is bright as a button.
If I were you I’d take it. The risks of preeclampsia far outweigh taking a medication that doesn’t cross the placenta xx

ferntwist Mon 05-Mar-18 20:18:14

How many weeks are you now zaalitje?

CL1982 Mon 05-Mar-18 20:15:57

I took it all the way up to 36 weeks smile I was fine. At least I am so far!

zaalitje Mon 05-Mar-18 20:10:52

I'm on 150mg baby asprin daily.

It's to aid blood flow. I'm an older (40) mum had a couple of pregnancies previously which ended in mc. Apparently blood flow to the placenta can break down in older mums.

I've noticed no effects from it and this is the furthest I've got.

ferntwist Mon 05-Mar-18 19:52:39

I’ve been taking 150mg daily since just after 12 weeks and have had no ill effects at all. Recent studies have shown its excellent for reducing the risk of pre-eclampsia.
I’ve been having regular scans and am now 23 weeks and all is well. Just a few aches and pains from old endometriosis scars, nothing to do with the aspirin obviously.

Buxbaum Mon 05-Mar-18 19:45:47

OP's baby is about four now.

Joseve Mon 05-Mar-18 19:40:44

Hey, don’t worry I totally understand. I have OCD and it got exacerbated during pregnancy. Although mine encompasses every worry under the sun, not just contaminants :-/ and I understand the shame etc in trying to explain yourself to professionals and still be taken seriously when they know you have OCD. I avoided taking aspirin for that very reason but I’ve now been convinced of the benefits and believe they outweigh anything else - low dose does not cause any birth defects or issues.

Canshopwillshop Tue 22-Apr-14 12:42:42

I had to take 150mg of aspirin from 6 to 36 weeks of pregnancy due to having blood clotting issues which had previously caused several miscarriages. Without the aspirin (and also heparin injections), I would not have my two DC.

frankiebuns Tue 22-Apr-14 12:37:42

Hiya I'm on a low dose aspirin since 12 weeks I have factor v lieden so no question, I was told it doesn't cross over to baby so its fine

Bluestar11 Wed 16-Apr-14 19:16:49

Hi, i found your thread as i am a type 1 diabetic and have had 2 MC and was wondering about taking aspirin. What did you do in the end? I am so low at the moment and after last MC cannot believe have to go back to trying! Has been over a year and my doctors are rubbish! Thanks

AlmondFrangipani Sun 17-Feb-13 11:55:09

Hi Ginger,

I was prescribed 75mg daily asprin at 12 weeks by my consultant too. This is due to a the fact I have chronic kidney disease and a higher risk of pre-eclampsia. She told me that the asprin doesnt prevent it from happening but has been proven to reduce the risk of it developing. In addition to this I am on 100mg labetol a day (to keep my blood pressure low) and a kidney antibiotic to stop me getting infections. Whilst it seems like a lot of medication all of these things are there to help me get through the pregancy and deliver a healthy baby. I didnt think twice about agreeing to their advice as I just want to do everything I can for the this little one. Even with all these drugs I have not noticed any side effects or issues (yet...fx).

Hope you get on ok x

50shadesofmeh Sat 16-Feb-13 22:02:37

Hi I'm on it as my previous two pregnancies ended up in tiny babies and it seems to be working as this seems to be my biggest yet, tgere was concern about the blood flow through placenta so that's why the consultant suggested it.

Coleminer Sat 16-Feb-13 21:17:07

This is useful...

greengoose Sat 16-Feb-13 12:23:49

That's good news Ginger!

Gingerbreadpixie Sat 16-Feb-13 12:17:38

I'm very sorry to hear of the losses and health issues some of you ladies on this thread have been through.

With all the opinions here, the opinion of my highly-qualified doctor and opinion of DH, I am going to tell the OCD voice in my head to be quiet and trust doctor's advice.


TheDisorganiser Sat 16-Feb-13 12:13:00

I was put onto 100mg daily while TTC DS2 because I have Factor V Leiden and had had a MC. It didn't make any difference to the next 2 pgs, which I lost early; but then my consultant gave me a clexane prescription to fill as soon as I got a positive test result, which I did, and then stayed on clexane until I was induced (so pretty much 37 weeks of daily injections).

If you are really worried about the aspirin, then you could try asking if you could have clexane instead - I don't know if there are any contraindications between injecting clexane and injecting insulin, you'd need to ask - it would perform the same function, effectively, reducing the risk of clots in the placenta or in you.

But I think you have to bear in mind that they have good reasons for asking you to take the aspirin and that it could make a difference to how well your baby progresses.

greengoose Sat 16-Feb-13 12:06:01

Hi, I'm on low dose asprin after loosing my baby six days after she was born at 32 weeks partly due to preeclamsia. I'm currently 12 weeks pregnant.
There have been no risks associated with this dosage, and preeclampsia is not something to take lightly. Please take the pill, I understand the worry, but it's a good thing for you and your baby, and your doctor is giving you good advice based on solid research.

giddypants Sat 16-Feb-13 12:02:45

I'm currently taking aspirin 75mg and I'm 34 weeks.
For me it was a no brainier, I had undiagnosed pre-eclampsia when I had DS resulting in a placental abruption him being starved of oxygen and perminantly brain damaged.
Through out this pregnancy I've had 4 weekly growth scans, and closely monitored.
Ds2 is growing and developing well, I can't help but think if I had taken aspirin with ds1 he would be ok now.

Gingerbreadpixie Sat 16-Feb-13 11:58:03

Wow, thank you all so much for the replies! It's reassuring. smile

To answer a couple of questions, ive been questioning the advice from my doctor because I suffer from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder ("contamination" from germs and chemicals being the main focus if it). So although my fears probably sound silly and irrational, it is a disorder that causes very irrational and unwelcome thoughts. Makes it hard to make a sound judgement.

It's very embarrassing and can be be distressing to try to talk to people about it in real life because of the shame associated with the condition. So it's nice to be able to just ask for some opinions anonymously and I'm very grateful for the replies.

Thanks all x

EuroShagmore Sat 16-Feb-13 10:50:19

My IVF clinic prescribes 75mg aspirin from egg collection (equivalent to ovulation) onwards. It is to aid implantation and to try to protect against miscarriage.

Do question your consultant if you are unsure, but I consider myself very anti drugs (I did "natural IVF" and don't even like taking a paracetamol for a headache) and I am happy taking a low dose of this drug that has a long, safe history.

sydlexic Sat 16-Feb-13 10:41:28

When you see a consultant you should ask what are the benefits and risks of this medication. Don't leave until you have the answers, it will stop you worrying afterwards.

Hope everything goes well for you.

FluffyDavis Sat 16-Feb-13 10:36:44

I have taken 75mg of aspirin daily through all of my pregnancys up until about 36 weeks. I have a mild blood disorder. 3 healthy ds's aged 9,7 and 3 and currently 8 weeks pregnant.

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