ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – A local OB/GYN says there’s a new way to lower the risk of the dangerous condition known as pre-eclampsia in pregnant women.
Pre-eclampsia is characterized by high blood pressure and excessive protein levels in urine during pregnancy. Wash U OB/GYN Dr. Michael Nelson says taking a baby aspirin once a day greatly lowers risk in certain high risk women.
“For example, if they’ve had a previous pregnancy that was complicated by pre-eclampsia, or if they have a pregnancy that previously had suboptimal fetal growth without a good explanation other than the placenta, then I advise them to start taking a baby aspirin at 12 weeks of gestation,” he says.
Nelson says women can’t use Tylenol as a substitute, either—only a baby aspirin. He says that a baby aspirin amounts to about one-fourth of a regular aspirin that adults might take.
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