A group from the Institute of Health Sciences in Oxford found that women who took low doses of Asprin were less likely to have a stillbirth, or to develop pre-eclampsia. Taking low-dose aspirin may help women have a successful pregnancy, say the researchers.
The researchers reviewed more than 23 previous studies of more than 22,000 women to assess the benefits of anti-platelet drugs, of which low-dose aspirin is the most common. They found that women who had taken anti-platelet drugs had a 15% reduced risk of pre-eclampsia, an 8% reduction in premature birth and 14% less chance of their baby dying in the womb.
A spokesperson for the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists said : "It appears from this systematic review that the use of aspirin to prevent pre-eclampsia may have to be reconsidered. "More analysis would be needed to clarify the optimal dose of aspirin and the best time to start the drug in pregnancy.