Aspirin during pregnancy

I am 14 weeks pregnant and have been told by my cardiologist to take an aspirin every day. Other people have told me that taking aspirin during pregnancy is dangerous. How will this affect the baby?

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There are some women who need the benefits of taking a small amount of aspirin every day. Studies have demonstrated that such a small dose has no negative impact on the pregnancy or on the baby.

Larger amounts can, in very rare instances, result in the failure of one of the baby's heart structures to close properly as well as cause jaundice after birth if larger amounts are taken during the last trimester.

I would heed the advice of your cardiologist, however, it is important that he or she work together with your obstetrical care provider to work out a plan that is safe for both you and the baby.

My best to you during your pregnancy.

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