Antibiotics during pregnancy: What you need to know

Antibiotics during pregnancy

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The pregnancy has made your body a little more prone to infections now. This obviously means an increased possibility of having antibiotics. Antibiotics (few, not all) could increase the risks of your unborn child developing congenital abnormalities.

So if you do have an infection - deciding on whether or not to take the dose of antibiotics could be really tough.

Your infections could be either viral – in which case antibiotics will not work or bacterial – where antibiotics do work, but if you overuse antibiotics the bacteria become drug-resistant so when you need the antibiotics they may not really work. The infections you are prone to commonly during pregnancy include – Urinary Tract Infections, pneumonia, respiratory issues, etc.

Effects of taking antibiotics in pregnancy:

It is hypothesised that when one consumes antibiotics it alters the balance of natural bacteria in the body. This obviously gets transmitted to the unborn baby. Now this unbalance in bacteria at the early stages of life could affect the immune maturation in the new born. Use of antibiotics by pregnant women does lead to a child developing asthma and a host of other ailments. It is not always just the antibiotic in itself but also factors such as how much you take, at what stage of pregnancy you are in, etc. that influence the impact of the drug on the baby.

This need not be cause for too much concern though – there are safe options available. Actually antibiotics effect on pregnancy is not always well researched and tested (as you cannot test on pregnant women always) so you have to be careful about what you consume.

List of antibiotics safe in pregnancy:

  1. Nitrofurantoin
  2. Ampicillin
  3. Clindamycin
  4. Erythromycin
  5. Penicillin
  6. Gentamicin
  7. Amoxicillin
  8. Cefoxitin

Doctors still prescribe antibiotics because infections left untreated could have an adverse effect on the baby and its growth. So avoid self medication and always consult your gynaecologist and check which ones could work for you now.