I feel aspirin saved my babies

My midwife told me it was a load of rubbish and she didn't think I should continue taking it.

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by Emma

May 2016

Each miscarriage had been different, but after I while, I seemed to predict it would happen again. After I'd had 3 consecutively, the consultant sent me for some tests and scans to see if anything was wrong. Everything had come back negative, I had no explanation as to why it was happening to me.

The scan to check my uterus and ovaries showed no abnormalities, and a new pregnancy too! My consultant prescribed me 75mg aspirin daily, and I had a healthy baby girl at 37 weeks. Although my relationship broke down within 2 years of her birth.

I had started a new relationship in 2010 and by 2013 we had started to discuss having a baby. I had my coil removed in February and was pregnant by the end of March. I had started taking 75mg of aspirin again after researching it's use and deciding it wouldn't do any harm. But at my booking in appointment with my midwife, she told me it was a load of rubbish and she didn't think I should continue taking it. So I stopped. 

A week later, at 9 weeks and 5 days pregnant, I wasn't feeling too good, I had a horrible backache, headache and felt completely drained

I came home and slept the whole day on the sofa. I was worried to suddenly feel so bad, but I tried not to show it to my boyfriend as he was already a bag of nerves. He was aware of my pregnancy history and I think it added to his anxiety. Sadly, within an hour I had the telltale cramps and spotting that I'd seen so many times. My heart sank. 

I had sadly become to expect it and just buried my feelings. My boyfriend was devastated too. I went to A&E where I had always been told to go, but I was discharged after a brief chat. It seems like there is no care available to women who are miscarrying. 

The bleeding got heavier, and I passed the baby not long after. I had no idea if I should flush the loo. Even now on my 5th miscarriage I didn't know what to do.

After 2 periods I was pregnant again, I started taking the aspirin and I was prescribed progesterone. I had some spotting and a few more early scans. 

My son was my 7th pregnancy and he was also born healthy in 2014. 

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