Pregnancy always brings about uncertainty regarding all the food and medications, which were pretty normal to us before. But, now, a budding human makes us question them all. Since your immune system is working twice as hard to protect you and your baby, you are bound to suffer from infections such as cold, cough etc. This is when the class of drugs, the antibiotics come to play its role.
However, the increasing use of antibiotics has become quite controversial. Antibiotics are powerful drugs that destroy or slow down the growth of bacteria. Therefore, they are also known as antibacterials and are often prescribed for minor infections like cold, flu, cough and sore throat. But, in the recent years, there has been a lot of talk about the side effects of popping antibiotics regularly, especially for children and pregnant women. According to a new study, published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, taking certain antibiotic drugs may increase the risk of miscarriage by 60% to 100%.
The study identified five classes of antibiotics associated with increased miscarriage risk, including macrolides, used to treat infections of the ears, nose, and throat, airways, lungs, skin, genitals, and mouth.
The study also takes into account that women who miscarried were more likely to be older, living alone and to have multiple health issues and infections. The research also notes that the severity of the infection treated by antibiotics should be taken into account as a potential cofactor for miscarriage risk.
The bottom line of this article is to avoid self-medication and proceed to your doctor immediately in case you have any infection.
Some infections such as flu and Vaginal Infections can actually require you to be treated by a certain set of medications. Don’t be afraid of taking them as it would do no good to you or the baby.