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High blood pressure 'can be helped by aspirin'

maternity ward

Aspirin can help to treat high blood pressure during pregnancy, it has been suggested.

Recent recommendations from the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) claimed that certain groups of pregnant women could benefit from taking the drug on a daily basis.

NICE noted that aspirin can help to prevent and treat hypertension, otherwise known as high blood pressure.

Sarah Montagu, admin secretary at the Association of Radical Midwives, commented: "People with high blood pressure are at risk of it getting worse during pregnancy.

"High blood pressure is something which can cause quite severe problems during pregnancy so anything which will help [to] prevent that is a good thing."

Hypertension is the leading cause of maternal death in the UK, although it is most common among first-time mothers.

Ms Montagu noted that the slight risks involved in taking aspirin are balanced out by the risks of high blood pressure, which are "much worse". 

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Pregnancy and childbirth news : 27 August 2010