Cracking headache, stinging abdominal pain, pelvic pain? Then sometimes you are really shy about a painkiller. But are you allowed to use a painkiller such as paracetamol during pregnancy? Is it safe and how about other painkillers? I picked it out for you!
Is paracetamol safe during pregnancy?
Paracetamol can be taken during pregnancy. It is the most safe painkiller of all painkillers. Pay attention to the dosage. It is recommended not to take more than 6 times 500 mg (1 tablet) per day and ensure that the paracetamol does not contain codeine or caffeine. If the paracetamol does contain it, it is better not to take it. Do not swallow the paracetamol during pregnancy for more than one week. You get too much inside.
Do you want to know what you can do best? It is best not to take anything. Also no paracetamol. Do not take it with every bite, but only do it if you really can not stand it anymore. Some disturbing research results are also known about paracetamol.
Paracetamol a cause of hyperactivity?
In 2016, a Spanish study revealed that paracetamol may potentially increase your baby's hyperactivity. In boys, the chance of autism may be slightly higher. The data from the study were published in the International Journal of Epidemiology. In the study 2600 expectant mothers were examined. The mothers who had taken paracetamol during pregnancy had 40% more hyperactive children than the mothers who had not taken paracetamol. But!
Before you panic or paracetamol completely in the corner, read the following. The researchers have found a possible link, but they indicate that no conclusion can be drawn. First, more research is needed before paracetamol is discouraged during pregnancy. In any case, consider 2 times longer before you reach this painkiller. For the time being, we assume in the Netherlands that paracetamol is safe during pregnancy. Until there are clear research results of good cohort studies that prove the opposite.
Paracetamol during pregnancy first trimester
Paracetamol can be swallowed during the first trimester of your pregnancy. But only swallow it when it is really necessary. If you can still handle the pain, it is better not to take anything.
Other painkillers during pregnancy first trimester
In addition to paracetamol, there are other painkillers on the market. These are the so-called NSAIDs: ibuprofen, naproxen, diclofenac, nurofen and advil. These painkillers are anti-inflammatory painkillers. Paracetamol is mainly fever-inhibiting and analgesic. In the NSAIDs there are other means and are sometimes taken if paracetamol works less well. It is better not to take these medicines during your pregnancy. This medication may have consequences for your unborn baby such as heart defects, miscarriage and birth defects.
Paracetamol pregnancy third trimester
In the third trimester of your pregnancy you often come back again for various pregnancy ailments. Consider, for example, pain in your pelvis or headache. Even then it can sometimes be nice to just relieve the pain. Paracetamol during pregnancy remains the most safe painkiller in the third trimester.
Other painkillers pregnancy third trimester
The NSAIDs are also highly recommended in the third trimester. So do not take ibuprofen, nurofen, diclofenac or naproxen. These painkillers can possibly cause contractions. In addition, they can cause heart problems, kidney problems, excessive pressure on the lungs, blood clotting disorders or a heart valve abnormality.
Aspirin during pregnancy
An aspirin is also not recommended during pregnancy. It seems that it has the same unpleasant consequences for your baby as the NSAIDs.
Pregnant and paracetamol 500mg
The use of paracetamol during pregnancy can therefore be fine, provided you pay attention to the dose and do not swallow it for too long (up to a week). You can take 6 tablets of 500mg per day. According to some midwives, it is good to take 2 tablets with the first dose. The remaining 4 tablets can then be divided over the rest of the day. That way you slowly build up a mirror. But of course you can also do it differently, if it is not more than 6 in 24 hours.
Painkillers and breastfeeding
Paracetamol is safe during pregnancy and during breastfeeding. But only take it when it is really necessary. You can also take ibuprofen and diclofenac, but in small quantities and not for a longer period. Always consult your doctor about the best dosage. Aspirin and naproxen can also be better avoided while breastfeeding. The substances of aspirin are absorbed in breast milk. If you have any questions, always contact your doctor.