My father and grandmother have hypertension. My sister had pre eclampsia and a subsequent pulmonary embolism with her first child, also had high BP when pregnant with second child. The midwife prescribed me aspirin. I was told I could either take that everyday or be monitored with regular blood pressure checks. My BP is fine and always has been. What would you do? Shall I wait to discuss with her at 16w appointment?
I have managed hypertension and my mum and brother have it too. My mum had pre-eclampsia and I am therefore at a high risk if developing pre-eclampsia too. I was prescribed 75mg aspirin daily from 12 weeks and have my blood pressure/urine checked by my midwife every two weeks. As far as I am aware there are no known downsides to taking it but a well established up side in reducing the risk of pre-eclampsia which you absolutely don't want. I am not sure why they would prescribe instead of BP checks, if they think you are high risk you should have both!
I am no expert but my understanding is the risk of pre-eclampsia has a family link. Whilst OP might not have a history of raised BP her family do and an history of actual pre-eclampsia. I can't understand why her ME seems to be hedging her bets with aspirin or monitoring - I would have thought you were at higher risk or not.
I had pre-eclampsia first time round and have been asking about aspirin in this pregnancy but the consultant said they would rather not prescribe as it's a blood-thinner and comes with it's own side-effects. I felt a bit fobbed off but they are monitoring me quite regularly and I have my fingers crossed it does not reoccur as they said it does not always happen again.
It's a fairly new thing to offer, I wasn't offered it in my first pregnancy 6 years ago but I was last year. The piece of research that it comes from is really good according to my scientist friend, I'll see if she can send me a link to it.
I have a family history of pre eclampsia, and I had it in my first pregnancy, this time I just had high blood pressure, whether that was down to the aspirin I don't know, but I had no hesitation about taking the aspirin as high blood pressure is a killer.