Pregnancy Risks Associated With Paracetamol
Developmental Problems in Babies
Paracetamol is an over-the-counter drug available under a variety of brands, including pure or in combination with vitamin C and caffeine. Paracetamol appears to be safe at therapeutic doses and is not an opioid or anticoagulant. However, paracetamol is free to pass through the placenta and has a direct effect on the fetus. Several studies address the question of whether paracetamol during pregnancy affects the outcome of pregnancy or the health of children.
Some studies suggest that taking paracetamol daily or most days of late pregnancy may slightly increase the likelihood of breathing or asthma in children. However, other factors may be responsible for the development of asthma in the child. The illness that the mother has and why had to use paracetamol during pregnancy may be the cause, instead of paracetamol itself.
There are several studies, however, that suggest an association between prenatal exposure to APAP and the outcome of neuro-development. These studies suggest that use of paracetamol during pregnancy may increase risk of low IQ, ADHD, and ASD in children.