Do you have chronic complaints or do you take anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen, Diclofenac, Advil, Naproxen or Nurofen for another reason? Are you currently pregnant and you wonder if you are anti-inflammatory during pregnancy can take it? Very good question! Because it does not matter what form your medication takes (tablets, ointment, powders, drops, gels or eye drops) the substances always end up in your blood and so do your baby. Therefore, you should not use all medication during pregnancy. Read more about it here!
Medication during first weeks of pregnancy
Medication always ends up in your blood. Even if you use eye drops, ointments, nasal spray or suppositories, the substances enter your blood and then reach the baby via the placenta. As soon as you know that you are pregnant, it is good to see which medication in your medicine cabinet you can still use and which better not.
The package leaflet always states whether the product may be used during pregnancy. If you do not have the leaflet anymore, ask for it at the pharmacy and do not use it for safety. Not even in the first weeks of your pregnancy. The first weeks are very important.
From the third week of your pregnancy, all organs of your baby are laid out. This makes your baby extra sensitive to certain substances. So check once you know that you are pregnant which medication and anti-inflammatory during pregnancy you can still use and which not. This way your baby is not at risk.
Which drugs do not use in pregnancy?
Anti-inflammatory during pregnancy
Taking aspirin, ibuprofen, advil or other anti-inflammatory drugs during pregnancy seems harmless, but nothing is less true. It is precisely the anti-inflammatory drugs that you must avoid during pregnancy. Anti-inflammatory drugs are Ibuprofen, Naproxen, Diclofenac, Flurbiprofen, Advil etc. These are NSAIDs, which means that they are non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.
All anti-inflammatories are not recommended from the 6th month of pregnancy or in any case the last trimester. But even in the first and second trimester it is better not to take them. The substances in the medication are harmful to your baby and can cause birth defects or problems during delivery.
Use the anti-inflammatory drugs at the beginning of your pregnancy only under strict indication from your doctor and otherwise not. Never buy them yourself. There are two anti-inflammatory drugs that are banned during pregnancy: Celecoxib (celebrex) and Etoricoxib.
Aspirin during pregnancy
What you better not use anymore is aspirin. In aspirin is acetylsalicylic acid. In high doses (as in the painkiller) it can have adverse effects on your baby.
Other harmful medications during pregnancy
If you develop an infection during your pregnancy, such as a bladder infection or a throat infection, your doctor may prescribe antibiotics. Always state for certainty that you are pregnant so that you get the right medication.
Medication you can not use:
- Trimethoprim should not be used during your first trimester if you take it with 0.5 mg folic acid. Talk to your doctor
Antibiotics that are allowed during pregnancy are Penicillins, Cephalosporins and Erythromycin.
This is how you take precautionary measures
It is really not strange that with a bite or complaint you will soon have a box of ibuprofen at the counter. That has almost become a habit. But an anti-inflammatory drug during pregnancy is not a good idea.
Always remember the basic rule: no self-medication during your pregnancy!
Also not the medicines, ointments, drops or drinks that you can buy at the drugstore because there too there are means available that have adverse consequences for your baby.
If you buy something, always read the leaflet. But even better is to first consult your doctor or get your medication in the pharmacy. In the pharmacy they can inform you well about the medication you can take.
If you have headaches or other complaints, you may take paracetamol. Do not exceed the maximum dosage of 6 times 500 mg per day!