Aspirin May Reduce Premature Births

January 27, 2020

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A recent study suggests that a quarter of an aspirin pill every day during pregnancy could cut the risk of having a premature baby. The National Institutes of Health, looked at almost 12,000 women and found that taking 81 milligrams of aspirin a day – a quarter of a 300mg pill – from the sixth week of pregnancy to the 36th lowered the danger by 11%. Early birth is defined as happening before 37 weeks of pregnancy and occurred in 116 of every 1,000 women who took aspirin and 131 in 1,000 women who took the placebo.  That's an 11% reduction. The study also found that birth before 34 weeks was reduced by 25%. When a baby is born prematurely, it is at risk of breathing issues, heart problems, learning difficulties and could even die. So a cheap and safe way for women to lower their risk could have a huge impact. Before starting any aspirin regime, consult your doctor. The research is the first major study to evaluate whether aspirin should be used as a global pregnancy measure against premature birth.


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