January 29, 2016

Is Paracetamol Risky During Pregnancy?

Well, when a woman is pregnant she has to be over-cautious. She should be most careful of what goes into her system during this time. While some things are obviously good for her and her foetus, other things are not! Particularly she should be wary of taking any medicine other than the ones prescribed by her gynaecologist. And this over-cautiousness is not a bad thing when one is pregnant. After all, whatever you take in does affect your unborn child. Any medicine, including home-remedies shouldn't be taken without your doctor's approval. The same cautiousness should be exercised while using skin-care and makeup products also.

Pregnancy is not so smooth-sailing for most women. Besides the usual nausea, vomiting, dizziness in the early months to constipation and headaches, you can also suffer from cold and fever. While most headaches are a part and parcel of pregnancy and most pregnant women have to endure them during these months, extremely severe headaches may point out to something else (possibly an unfortunate missed miscarriage) and hence should not be neglected. For the usual cold, fever and headaches, doctors usually prescribe 'paracetamol' as it is considered to be quite safe during pregnancy. But is it as safe as it is touted?

A study suggests that pregnant women who take common painkillers like paracetamol could unwittingly be putting the fertility of their daughters at risk. Tests conducted by researchers have found that when a mother took paracetamol , her female offspring had fewer eggs than those not exposed to the medicines. Previous research by the same Scottish scientists found paracetamol had lifelong effects on baby boys, raising their risk of everything from infertility to cancer. Researchers say that mothers-to-be should not have nonchalant attitude but must think twice before popping a paracetamol pill. If the tablets have to be taken, they should be used in the lowest possible dose, for the shortest possible time, they add.

Though this research was performed on rats and the fact that foetal development is slower in humans than in rats, the scientists say the findings are significant given the similarity of the two species' reproductive systems. Read more of this at The Daily Mail.

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