I am new to the community, this is my fifth pregnancy and first time posting, so thank you for taking the time to read this. smile
I am currently 10 weeks pregnant and have been taking low dose aspirin since 4 weeks because I have had 4 previous miscarriages. My GP told me sometimes blood can clot in the placenta causing a miscarriage and that taking the aspirin can thin the blood out and prevent the clotting. I wasn't sure if I should take it at first because I don't normally like to take any medication and would rather keep it natural, but after many days of research I have read that there are plenty of women out there taking low dose aspirin due to recurrent miscarriages.
I am due for an appointment with my fertility clinic in a few days and they are going to advise me on when I should stop taking the aspirin, but I am feeling nervous! I feel like after having the previous miscarriages and then taking the aspirin and having a healthy pregnancy so far (I have had a scan every week from 7 weeks and baby has a strong heartbeat and looks good), I don't want to stop taking the aspirin!
I was told by my GP that it won't harm the baby but the fertility clinic told me it was basically unnecessary if clotting hasn't been proven via a blood test and that I will probably be told to stop taking it at 12 weeks.
I have read that some women stop taking it at about 36 weeks, does anyone know why it can't be taken until delivery? I mean, who's to say the woman might not go into labor at 35 weeks, she would have been taking the aspirin until then so I'm not really sure why women are told to stop taking it before giving birth.
I am pretty much convinced that I want to take the aspirin until delivery after reading some women had a stillborn two weeks after they stopped taking it, but if taking it until delivery poses a risk to myself by perhaps losing too much blood or whatever the reason may be, I feel like I have to choose between possibly losing by baby due to clotting or causing myself harm because I took aspirin for too long.
Sorry, if I should extremely neurotic right now, but I just don't want to go through the pain of losing another baby. Any information would be greatly appreciated from anyone who's experienced taking aspirin until delivery or knows why it's not normally advised.