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Help! Aspirin in pregnancy, how bad is it?

(14 Posts)
Bouncingturtle Wed 27-Jun-07 08:45:49

Had a STINKING headache when I got home from work, and rummage around the kitchen drawer to find some paracetamol. Took 2, went to bed. Headache soon gone. Only, this morning, found the packet at side of my bed and realised it wasn't paracetamol, but paracetamol and aspirin!!! Am now really worried as I was told not to take anything but paracetamol during pregnancy....

DaisyMOO Wed 27-Jun-07 08:52:21

I wouldn't worry too much. Some women who are actually prescribed a low-dose of aspirin to prevent certain types of miscarriage, so I don't think it is likely to cause problems as a one-off. HTH

belgo Wed 27-Jun-07 08:55:28

don't worry. I'm sure many pregnant women have made that mistake and have had no problems. In fact, my mother regularly took aspirin for headaches when she was pregnant with me.

Wolfgirl Wed 27-Jun-07 09:12:38

Yes, I was prescribed low dose of Asprin after I miscarried with first pregnancy. Took low dose till about 6 months - at least I think. So for you, a one off small dose will be nothing, no worries there, you will fine. xx

Bouncingturtle Wed 27-Jun-07 09:43:27

Thank goodness, was really worried...

LucyK1978 Wed 27-Jun-07 11:13:22

I agree with Wolfgirl - I also take a low dose asprin every day so am sure that it's safe and no harm done!

When they make these recommendations it's often to be on the side of caution and stop people munching pills in big quantities to ease all these wonderful pregnancy symptoms!

Bouncingturtle Wed 27-Jun-07 13:08:37

Well I'll mention it to the Midwife, I'm due to see her tomorrow... problem is it sorted my headache out straight away whereas if I just take paracetamol it doesn't....

belgo Wed 27-Jun-07 18:44:43

Maybe drink a little bit of caffienne when you take the paracetamol. It might make the paracetamol more effective.

This is because the three main ingredients of some headache drugs are: aspirin, paracetamol and caffiene.

hoxtonchick Wed 27-Jun-07 18:48:14

i took low dose asprin throughout my 2nd pregnancy (who's now sitting on my knee & is 2 on friday ), so i'm sure you'll be fine.

muppetgirl Wed 27-Jun-07 18:53:41

I have had headaches with this pregnancy, you know the ones where you feel your brain is about to fall out when you pick anything up off the floor...
Was prescribed cocodemol by doctor and they seemed to work

My first pregnenacy was a bit off a surprise and i had been to 3 hen nights and 2 weddings and got slaughtered at all of them coupled with the neurophen taken the morning after. Not advocating heavy drinking during pregnancy at all just showing things can happen.....

lisad123 Wed 27-Jun-07 20:10:01

Im on asprin too, and have been since early on. I also did the silly thing and took asprin and paracetamol, but ony took 1 before i noticed. I paniced, but all is well, im sure your be fine. HTH
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sparklygothkat Wed 27-Jun-07 20:13:32

I am on aspirin too, and I had a stinking a headache a few week back, I phone NHS direct and asked if it was ok to take paracetamol while taking aspirin, while pregnant and they said yes its fine

Bouncingturtle Thu 28-Jun-07 08:16:17

I was taking codeine, but when I went to the GP to get some more he wouldn't subscribe it because of codeine hangovers...

muppetgirl Thu 28-Jun-07 16:22:40

ooo, hangovers? Is that a side effect? Also, is locozade really bad as i've really wanted some...

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