By Lindsay E. Mack, Oct 23, 2019

What’s so magic about aspirin? Well, it’s still kind of difficult to say. “While there hasn’t been a definitive etiology as to the occurrence of the disorder, it is felt that the manner in which the placenta invades the uterine wall during the early stages of pregnancy is done in a dysfunctional manner, leading to a host of chemically mediated pathological effects on the maternal-fetal dyad,” as Kecia Gaither, MD, MPH, FACOG, double board-certified in OB/GYN and Maternal Fetal Medicine, Director of Perinatal Services at NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln, tells Romper via email. In other words, the complications associated with preeclampsia may be related to some issues with the placenta itself. However, one potential way to help manage the condition is clear. “Baby aspirin, 81 mg daily, given after the first few weeks of gestation is felt to decrease the incidence of this occurrence,” says Dr. Gaither.

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