Women at increased risk of preeclampsia should take low-dose aspirin to reduce the likelihood of developing the condition as well as preterm birth and intrauterine growth restriction, according to a draft recommendation from the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF).
The recommendation applies to women who have had complications such as preeclampsia during an earlier pregnancy, do not have symptoms of the condition, and can safely take aspirin. Other health conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, kidney disease, or an autoimmune disease also may increase a woman’s risk of preeclampsia.
Voelker R. USPSTF: Low-Dose Aspirin May Help Reduce Risk of Preeclampsia. JAMA. 2014;311(20):2055. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.5390