According to a recent research conducted at the Universite De Montreal, Canada, consumption of certain antibiotics during early stages of pregnancy may increase the risk of miscarriage by 60-100 percent. The list of those antibiotics includes metronidazole, sulfonamides, tetracyclines, quinolones and macrolides. The researchers have made this conclusion by analyzing about 8700 miscarriage(pregnancy loss) cases of the women having age between 15-45. However, studies also showed that these women were suffering from many health issues and living alone.
Researchers also revealed that commonly used antibiotics like clarithromycin and azithromycin can also increase the risks of miscarriage. Anick Bérard, a professor at the University of Montreal’s Faculty of Pharmacy, mentioned that the pregnant women should not consume tetracycline as it discolors fetuses’ teeth permanently and may influence the fetal bone development. She also said that “Some seem to be safer when it comes to the risk of spontaneous abortion, and some aren’t”.
Researchers also mentioned that the risk of pregnancy loss arise only if a pregnant woman consumes antibiotics during initial days of pregnancy. The antibiotics which are safer to use are nitrofurantoin and erythromycin. These medicines may prove beneficial in treating urinary tract infections which are common during pregnancy.
According to Dr. Errol Norwitz, the chairperson of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, penicillin may prove a good antibiotic for pregnant women. He also said that the best approach is to aim for the “lowest effective dose” using the most appropriate antibiotic. According to researchers, this study may help policy-makers in updating guidelines for the treatment of infections experienced by the pregnant women.
Thus, you should consult your doctor before consuming any antibiotic. In fact, you should ask your gynecologists to recommend you some natural and safer ways to get rid of infections. We hope that you found the article useful and informative. If it is so, then please like, share and comment. Stay connected with us for more health-related articles.