Is aspirin safe in pregnancy?

Aspirin (acetyl-salicylic acid) has been used extensively by hundreds of thousands of women in pregnancy. It is normally used in lower doses than you would use for a headache (less than 150mg per day); this is known as low dose aspirin, to prevent pre-eclampsia or recurrent miscarriages. It is very safe for the baby although it does have some potential side effects for the mother. It may cause higher blood loss at the time of delivery, and in certain people it irritates the stomach and intestine causing bleeding. So you should not use it if you have had stomach ulcers. If you have asthma, you should consult your doctor before taking it as it may make asthma worse or set off an asthma attack.
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