Are You Taking Paracetamol During Pregnancy?

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It is a well-known fact that pregnant women must avoid all types of medicines; and if they are already taking any medications or have to take any, they must consult their gynaecologist before they try to take one.

Almost all drugs taken by pregnant women can be harmful for the baby, as the drug crosses the womb and enters the blood of the baby. The drug then shows its harmful effects on the growing baby.

It has been seen that pregnant women usually suffer from headache, backache, fatigue and body ache, and for them a paracetamol is the drug of choice.

A paracetamol has been considered to be comparatively safe; but hold on, a research has showed that it can have harmful effects on the baby.

Next time you take paracetamol, assuming it to be a safe drug, give it a thought, as it can prove to be much harmful for your baby as well.

Hence, read on the article to find out what a paracetamol can do to your baby.

paracetamol during pregnancy harmful effects

Learning And Behaviour Problems
A research has shown that women who take paracetamol during pregnancy can give birth to babies who may have problems in learning, mental concentration and also some behavioural issues. This condition is known as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). This is one of the most common childhood disorders that can continue through adulthood as well.

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Due To Paracetamol
In this condition, children are hyperactive and have difficulty in controlling their behaviour. They also can't stay focused and find it difficult to concentrate having learning disabilities. They get easily distracted and can't memorise things easily. Also, women taking paracetamol during their entire pregnancy period have double the risk of having ADHD in their babies.

paracetamol during pregnancy harmful effects

Why Paracetamol Causes ADHD In Children?
It has been found that paracetamol interferes with the normal development of the baby's brain by disturbing the mother's hormones. Paracetamol causes neurotoxicity in the baby, making the baby prone to the risk of ADHD.

Therefore, you must avoid paracetamol at all costs during your pregnancy to protect your child from any behavioural or mental issues.

Read more about: pregnancy, prenatal
Story first published: Thursday, January 28, 2016, 17:00 [IST]
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