Space in html output in pluto notebook

I am able to create whitespace when using the string macro for markdown. However, Markdown.parse acts differently, and does not include the whitespace.

But I have to use Markdown.parse to assemble strings to a table, as the string macro wants actual newlines instead of \n:

Is there a way to have the space when calling Markdown.parse? Or alternatively, constructing tables with \n instead of actual newlines with the markdown macro?