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Preventing Preeclampsia

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31-year-old Raisa Bari developed preeclampsia late in her pregnancy.

"I had no idea what it was, let alone I didn't know what was happening to me or why my blood pressure was so high."

Women with preeclampsia have dangerously high blood pressure and protein in the urine after 20 weeks of pregnancy. Now the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force is recommending a low dose aspirin for women at high risk - after 12 weeks of pregnancy.

"Low dose aspirin every day lowers the risk of preeclampsia by 24%. And lowers the risk of pre-term birth by 14%," says Dr. Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo.

The recommendation is based on a review of the latest research. Preeclampsia is the leading cause of death in pregnant women.

"Once preeclampsia happens, we don't really have any kind of great treatment other than delivering the baby and sometimes we try bed rest," says Dr. Jacques Moritz.

Women are at high risk if they've had preeclampsia in a prior pregnancy or if they have a history of diabetes, hypertension or kidney disease.

Bari - who was put on bed rest and delivered her daughter full term says she would take aspirin to prevent preeclampsia in future pregnancies.

"If there's no side effects to my baby, absolutely cause I don't want to deal with it again."

It's been six weeks since Bari had her baby, and her doctor will monitor her blood pressure until it returns to normal.

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