The use of paracetamol during pregnancy is associated with an increased risk of diseases, such as preeclampsia. A study published in the Journal of Maternal-Fetal and Neonatal Medicine showed that women who used paracetamol in late pregnancy were at increased risk of preeclampsia.
Preeclampsia is a syndrome characterized by the development of hypertension and proteinuria, target organ dysfunction, or both, 20 weeks after pregnancy in a woman who was previously normotensive. Women with pre-existing (chronic) hypertension, accelerated hypertension and proteinuria, organ dysfunction, or both all have appeared to have preeclampsia after 20 weeks. Preeclampsia also predicts an increased risk of cardiovascular and metabolic disorders later in a woman’s life
Preeclampsia occurs in 3-8% of pregnancies worldwide and can develop into a fatal multiple organ syndrome.
Is Paracetamol Safe For Pregnant Women?
The FDA categorized Paracetamol as Category B drugs in pregnancy. Meaning animal studies in research showed this drug does not cause bad effects to the fetus. Thus it is safe in pregnancy.
It is still the safest drug as an analgesic for septic pain and as an antipyretic during childhood and pregnancy. There is no medical alternative to paracetamol. Children and pregnant women can still use paracetamol without fear of side effects. Doctors recommend using paracetamol in the shortest possible time with the minimum effective amount.
To avoid potentially serious complications, you should only use paracetamol during pregnancy when there is no safer option to relieve pain and fever.
If you’re considering paracetamol for pain management and the like, always consult your doctor.
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