Painkillers in pregnancy may affect babies’ future fertility

A study done by Edinburgh University in the United Kingdom found that babies exposed to painkillers during gestation may end up with fertility problems later in life. The study also indicated that the way the painkillers impact on fertility, by actually influencing the DNA of the baby, means the consequences could be passed down to future generations.

The study focused on Paracetamol and Ibuprofen. The current science already advises pregnant women to avoid Ibuprofen altogether during pregnancy. Doctors are advised to prescribe Paracetamol to pregnant women at the lowest possible dose.

Always check with your prenatal doctor before taking any kind of drug while pregnant, even if it is over the counter. And look at natural alternatives for managing pain. For body pain stretching and changing mattresses might work. For headaches making sure you are properly hydrated and engaging in stress relief practices might work.

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Read the entire article on the BBC website.