Is it Safe to Take Aspirin During Pregnancy?
By Nabta Team
Most people pop Aspirin like candy when they have headaches, so you’d think an over-the-counter drug taken so commonly wouldn’t have terribly negative effects on the fetus during pregnancy. This couldn’t be further from the truth.
Aspirin should be avoided during pregnancy at all costs, along with other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs including Advil and Ibuprofen. This is because, prior to birth, the baby gets its oxygen via blood from the placenta. Then at birth, a natural drop in the baby’s prostaglandin levels causes the baby’s circulatory system to redirect the blood flow to the lungs. Aspirin and other anti-inflammatories block prostaglandins. Thus, if a pregnant mother takes Aspirin, particularly after the 32-week marker, she could cause the baby’s blood flow to be channeled to the uterus. This could be lethal to the baby.