February 5, 2018

Use of antacids is risky during pregnancy

Pregnant women need to think hundred times before they pop pills and they should never ever do this without consulting their doctor. Pregnancy isn't without constraints and an expectant mother is bound to catch a flu or cold in the course of her pregnancy. Paracetamol, usually considered safe during pregnancy is usually prescribed for this. But is the use of paracetamol safe for the unborn baby? Apparently not, according to a study which says that high doses of paracetamol during pregnancy could affect the fertility of the unborn child, especially if it is a girl.

pregnant woman foetus inside



And fever during pregnancy itself poses so many other health risks for the foetus. Some studies point out that a fever during pregnancy may increase the risk for autism in a child later. However there is no need to be alarmed as more studies are required to come to this conclusion but having multiple fevers mostly in the second semester of  pregnancy does increase autism risks in the baby. More details are mentioned in the post, "Is paracetamol risky during pregnancy? Autism risk due to fever."

Taking antacids during pregnancy affects fertility of child
Taking antacids during pregnancy can decrease the fertility of your baby.

A more recent study has found that using antacids during pregnancy is linked to asthma in offspring. Usually proton pump inhibitors (PPI) and histamine-2 (H2)are considered safe and effective prescription drugs for treating gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, a common complication in pregnancy. They are also available over the counter. Researchers pooled data from eight observational studies and concluded that the risk of asthma in childhood increased by 34 percent when the mother used PPI and by 57 percent with the use of H2 receptor antagonists. Dr. Huahao Shen, the leading author of the study and a professor at the Zhejiang University School of Medicine in Hangzhou, China says that though further studies are required to confirm these results before recommending restriction of acid-suppressive medications during pregnancy, the information from this study may help clinicians and prospective parents to use caution when deciding whether to take acid-suppressing drugs during pregnancy because of the risk of asthma in offspring.

In conclusion, be guarded and vigilant during your pregnancy. If you fall ill during your pregnancy, do discuss the effects of the prescribed medications with your doctor. Do eat more of immune boosting foods, avoid outside foods, raw foods, junk foods, unhygienic foods and keep yourself fit and healthy with permitted exercises and yoga. Above all, try to be happy when you are pregnant and do try these 6 confidence boosting tricks for pregnancy blues days.


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1 comment:

  1. Shriya2:46 PM

    It depends. Most antacids are considered safe in pregnancy. However, certain types of antacids are not recommended for pregnant women.

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