Preeclampsia: Can Taking Aspirin Help Preeclampsia?

I had severe preeclampsia with my first pregnancy, which ended at 28 weeks. Following the birth, my kidneys failed and I underwent hemodialysis for three weeks. I am now 16 weeks pregnant with my second child and I'm worried this will happen again. Will aspirin help?

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Unfortunately, there is a lot of contradictory information in current medical literature about pre-eclampsia .

However, a study (actually a compilation of four large studies), published in 1995 in "Current Opinion in Obstetrics and Gynecology," indicates that low-dose aspirin (about 75 milligrams per day) may help reduce the incidence of pre-eclampsia in high-risk women. This regimen appears to be safe in pregnancy.

Also, some research suggests that an increase in dietary calcium may help prevent pre-eclampsia.

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