Congratulations- week 18 for you!
You are taking Aspirin.
Aspirin reduces the ability of platelets to stick together and so reduces the risk of clots forming. This is generally not recommended in pregnancy but sometimes it is used at a low dose of 75mg a day. There have been studies done to show that it can help if the pregnant woman is at risk of pre-eclampsia, recurrent miscarriages, intra-uterine growth retardation and /or clotting disorders. However taking aspirin when not needed can also cause various pregnancy complications such as increased miscarriages and placenta problems especially if you take 150mg to 300mg of aspirin a day. So you must ask your GP first and only take 75mg a day unless under specialised care.
Most medication is not recommended when pregnant so it is always important to tell your pharmacist or GP . When you are pregnant all anti-inflammatory medicines are not recommended such as ibuprofen and neurofen . Hay fever is just miserable!! However medications for the thyroid are important and so too are asthmatic inhalers.
High blood pressure
Normal blood pressure in pregnancy is below 140/90 and very high is over 160/110. You can have a high blood pressure from hypertension and also from pre-eclampsia. Both need treating because keeping your blood pressure low is important for both Mum and baby. There are blood pressure medications which are safe in pregnancy and others which are not. So make sure you ask your GP. If you have Hypertension, discuss this with your GP ideally before you conceive.
See more post -birth advice in the 2nd edition of ‘Babies All Wrapped Up’ by Dr Winstanley. Also on Twitter @BabiesallWU and Facebook ~ Babies All Wrapped Up.