The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends daily low-dose aspirin (81 mg/day) after 12 weeks of pregnancy in women who are at high risk for preeclampsia, according to a recommendation statement being published in Annals of Internal Medicine.The recommendation applies to pregnant women who are at high risk for preeclampsia and who don’t show signs or symptoms of the condition and haven’t had any health problems from using aspirin in the past.
Preeclampsia is a complex condition that occurs in pregnant women and is marked by a rise in blood pressure and excess protein in the urine after 20 weeks of pregnancy. It is one of the leading causes of health complications for expectant mothers and their babies, affecting about 4 percent of all pregnancies in the United States.
This recommendation is intended only for women at high risk for preeclampsia. Specifically, the high risk factors for preeclampsia include: history of preeclampsia (including early-onset preeclampsia), multifetal gestation, and some preexisting chronic and autoimmune diseases.
Annals Of Internal Medicine
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