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There are many reasons your doctor may want to prescribe antibiotics while you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
The most common reasons are for urinary tract infections, yeast infections, or respiratory infections.
But are you wondering if they’re even safe or not? Here’s what we found out while researching it for you.
Many antibiotics are safe to take, but some are unsafe, and some fall somewhere in between.
If you have frequent UTIs or if a UTI has moved to your kidneys, your doctor may prescribe nitrofurantoin (trade name Macrodantin or Macrobid) for the duration of your pregnancy. If that is the case, you should stop taking it when you are 36 weeks or as soon as you start preterm labor, as it could destroy some of the baby’s red blood cells if taken too close to delivery, according to
If that is the case, you should stop taking it when you are 36 weeks or as soon as you start preterm labor, as it could destroy some of the baby’s red blood cells if taken too close to delivery, according to babycenter.com.
Antibiotics in the tetracycline class are considered unsafe, according to BabyCenter, especially when taken in the second or third trimester, as they can damage the mother’s kidneys and permanently stain the teeth of the developing fetus. However, it is safe to take after the baby is born because the teeth buds have already been formed. Avoid the following:
Sometimes a doctor will prescribe trimethoprim and sulfamethoxazole together to treat a UTI, but these have been thought to increase the risk of birth defects, although there is no direct proof, according to Mayoclinic
Some health experts used to think that metronidazole was linked to birth defects, but new research doesn’t support that theory, and it is now considered safe in most cases.
There are too many other antibiotics to list here, but it is important to discuss with your doctor the benefits of taking the antibiotic versus the risks of not taking it. Oftentimes antibiotics can be lifesaving, so while they may pose potential risks to your baby or pregnancy, it is important that you do what is best for your overall health. Sometimes not taking the antibiotic could put your baby more at risk if you’re very sick.
The risk factor also depends on how large of a dose you need, how long you need to take it, and how far along you are in your pregnancy. These should all be discussed with your doctor, of course.
If you are allergic to penicillin, it could affect your pregnancy and developing fetus. So be sure to tell your doctor about any allergies you might have at all, such as food, animal, etc., as they could indicate an increased risk of an allergy to the drug.
Yes, it’s safe to take antibiotics while breastfeeding. In most cases, if you can give the antibiotic to a newborn, it is considered safe to take while breastfeeding, although quindones should be avoided, as it can cause damage to tendons in adults.
One of the most common reasons a new mother would need antibiotics could be for mastitis. Australian website bellybelly.com lists five things you should know:
We all get sick sometimes and antibiotics are necessary from time to time. While pregnant or breastfeeding, it’s always best to avoid any drugs, if possible, but if it is best for you and baby, follow your doctor’s advice and get well soon!
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