One of the biggest concerns mothers have pregnancy is whether the drugs are safe and if yes, okay but if not, how they can affect the baby. Your first instinct is to take them as the pain is not easy to bear, but mothers always have second thoughts based on whether they will harm their unborn child. All such questions and doubts are answered by the team of Sunflower Women’s Hospital, the best-known infertility specialist of Ahmedabad:
Is it safe to take painkillers during pregnancy?
Although it is safe to take paracetamol during pregnancy, regular use can be harmful because chemical compounds from these drugs enter the placenta in the child’s bloodstream. Particles can also mix with other sources of nutrition that reach your child through you. The drug particles are minuscule and can cross the barrier that is usually protected by your placenta. Some of the most common harmful side effects of medications include birth defects and labor or delivery complications.
Which medicines are safe?
Paracetamol is one of the safest painkillers during this time, but only if it is taken in small amounts. It can be used to treat high temperatures and mild to moderate pain.
Which drugs must be avoided?
Ibuprofen must be avoided during early pregnancy as it can cause stomach upset in some pregnant women. Other risks involved are premature closure of ductus arteriosus and the reduction of amniotic fluid due to the use of ibuprofen especially during the third trimester of pregnancy.
How do medicines affect a child?
The use of potent drugs during early pregnancy can affect embryo development and result in low birth weight, depending on the type of medications. Mothers taking opioids are at risk of having a child with neural tube birth defect.
People who take over-the-counter drugs in high doses have a chance of stunted physical, mental development in child along with birth-related malformations. This is because the embryo is said to be very sensitive in the first trimester that is the stage of organogenesis.
Alternative ways to relieve pain:
- The infertility specialist recommends sleeping in a head up position to prevent heartburn
- Use a heating pad to relieve back pain during pregnancy.
- It is also advisable to take prenatal yoga that includes gentle exercises that promote health and wellness.
- Avoid stimulant laxatives to prevent rampant labor.
At Sunflower Women’s Hospital in Ahmedabad, our team provides Cost-effective IVF treatment solutions with minimal risks to unborn child to relieve pain during infertility treatment, making us the best fertility center. Infertility treatment is no longer a distant dream but a reality with Sunflower Hospital where our treatment protocols are based on tailor-made solutions to suit needs of all patients and are based on extensive fertility screening for both partners. We provide our comprehensive support throughout the treatment cycle including a patient-friendly approach and compassionate counseling.