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Aspirin and spontaneous labour - stories please!

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MrsAnxiety1 Fri 31-Jul-15 07:48:19

I've been taking low-dose aspirin for most of the pregnancy as per NICE guidelines to reduce my chances of pre-eclampsia/hypertension. I've been told to "continue taking it until I deliver" and the literature agrees on the pre-eclampsia front.

However, I am aware that the way aspirin works (blocking prostaglandins) could also potentially prolong labour or prevent it from occurring spontaneously and I am DESPERATE to avoid an induction.

So my question is: if you took aspirin until the end, did you go into spontaneous labour? Was it a normal labour? Did your doctors stop it at 36 weeks as some suggest (bit late for me now!)?


zombiemeow Fri 31-Jul-15 08:39:40

My consultant told me to stop at 36 weeks, I was induced at 37 though. I hadn't heard it could stop/stall labor shock

MrsAnxiety1 Fri 31-Jul-15 08:42:58

Was this recently? Mine has said to continue to the end and I'm 37+ now confused I can't find data on whether the low dose aspirin would stop spontaneous labour or not!

mygreeneyedboy Fri 31-Jul-15 08:45:10

Sorry I can't help but interested to see the answers as I've been threatened with being put on aspirin (currently 10 weeks). I definitely don't want an induction..

Boysrstupid Fri 31-Jul-15 08:50:33

I took aspirin right up until I went into spontaneous labour at 40+3.

I had to have an elcs (but I'd asked to go to 40+10 before doing so)
I laboured well until going into theatre

zombiemeow Fri 31-Jul-15 09:10:13

My ds was born in December, I was on aspirin to reduce the likelihood of clots and was induced due to anxiety so not because I was on aspirin. (Had a previous still birth)

I was the worst for reading up on things but never read that! grin

MrsAnxiety1 Fri 31-Jul-15 09:28:48

Thanks BoysR, it's good to know that spontaneous labour is possible! smile

Guyropes Sat 01-Aug-15 09:35:46

Hmmm, can you say where you've read this, Mrs, you've got me anxious too! I was told to take it til I deliver too, and I don't want induction either!

MrsAnxiety1 Sat 01-Aug-15 23:01:42

Hi Guyropes,

I can't remember which article it was, but it did mention slowing down or preventing labour ocurring spontaneously as one of the side-effects of any NSAID (in particular aspirin as this is the only one routinely given to pregnant women etc).

From what I've read I don't think it would be an issue per se as the dosage is so small. I think it's because it's not mentioned that it had me worried, but without the statistics it's hard to know. Plus, women who are taking it are more likely to have issues requiring induction anyway (high BMI, age, Pre-E risk factors etc), regardless of aspirin usage.

If I can find it again, I'll post it, but tbh I'm not convinced it'll be a problem - I think I was just hoping that plenty of people would be able to jump in and say 'I had it and went into labour naturally' smile HTH

Guyropes Sun 02-Aug-15 10:17:59

That's slightly reassuring, Mrs, thank you,! I'm fed up waiting now, although I'm only a couple of days over. I guess I need to be calm and patient instead of anxious and impatient.

Iammad Sun 02-Aug-15 14:51:47

I'm on baby aspirin, I'm 16 weeks.
Did they give you it in dissolvable form?
I just can not take it in this way, I have terrible morning sickness as it is.
Also I'm told to keep on it until the baby is born, I'm at a higher risk of bleeding a lot after birth, would the aspirin make the bleeding worse?

mrswishywashy Sun 02-Aug-15 15:56:11

I'm 26 weeks and have prescribed it by a consultant at 17 weeks I think. He said to take it up to delivery or stop before due date. I've got next appointment with him at 32 weeks so might ask him if I can stop at 38 weeks, I don't want to go over 40 weeks and am going to ask to be induced if baby hasn't come before hand.

Guyropes Sun 02-Aug-15 22:24:36

I am mad,
The tablets are soluble but I just tAke them as normal pills. Hth.

Iammad Sun 02-Aug-15 22:29:53

Oh, thanks Guyropes! I will do that then, lol.
I don't think my tummy would cope with the dissolvable way.

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