Aspirin, a common pain reliever for fever and aches, is generally not recommended for pregnant women. Some women with pre-existing health conditions, however, may continue taking aspirin when they’re expecting.\nIn any case, you should contact your health care provider before taking aspirin while pregnant.\nWhy Pregnant Women Should Avoid Aspirin\nAspirin is a natural blood thinner that can interfere with your child’s healthy development. However, if you are already taking aspirin for a medical condition, do not discontinue taking it until you speak with\u00a0your doctor.\nTaking aspirin mainly during the first trimester and last trimester may cause the following:\n\nAn increased risk of miscarriage\nA possible placental disruption\nDelayed labor\nIncreased risk of heart and lung problems\n\n\nExceptions to the Aspirin Rule for Expecting Women\nYour health care provider may decide that you need to take a low dosage of aspirin (such as baby aspirin) if you fall into one of these categories:\n\nHigh risk of preeclampsia\nChronic high blood pressure\nDiabetes\nOver 35 years of age\nKidney disease\nIssues with blood clots, such as Hughes Syndrome\n\nIn these cases the physician will determine the risks, and decide what the best\u00a0case scenario is for you and your baby.\nAre there aspirin alternatives?\nYou can take acetaminophen as an alternative unless you have an allergy to it. Check the labels, talk to the pharmacist, and\/or your provider before taking over-the-counter drugs. Some medications will have trace amounts of aspirin, ibuprofen, or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), which are also off-limits for expecting women.\nTalk to your health care provider\nPregnant women should always discuss their medications and medical history with their doctor. Avoid aspirin or ibuprofen if you have not yet consulted with your doctor. As a general rule, expecting women should avoid any over-the-counter drugs unless they’ve received their doctor’s approval.