Is Taking Ibuprofen during Pregnancy Safe?
Usually, when we’re in pain or have a headache, we reach for the Advil or the Motrin (both forms of the drug ibuprofen), we drink a glass of water a, and we wait to feel better. But what about when you’re pregnant? Is taking ibuprofen during pregnancy an option for pain relief? And, if not, what are the alternatives? Read on for more information on the risks of taking ibuprofen in pregnancy and advice on how to relieve aches and pains naturally.
Is ibuprofen safe during pregnancy?
No. The advice from the medical community is that taking ibuprofen during pregnancy is not advisable, particularly in the final trimester. Ibuprofen has been given a D pregnancy risk category by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This indicates that it is risky to take it during pregnancy. Remember that anything – be it food, liquid, or medication – that you put into your bloodstream has the potential to cross the placenta to your baby. Your body may be able to handle the side effects of ibuprofen, but your unborn baby is far more vulnerable. Medical tests have confirmed that the use of ibuprofen can cause:
- Failure of the baby’s heart or lungs.
- Low levels of amniotic fluid.
- Preterm labor or stillbirth.
Is self-medicating really such a bad thing to do without?
It seems that, since pain management medications such as ibuprofen became freely available, a culture of self-medicating has developed. But is this a good thing?
The overuse of pharmaceuticals such as ibuprofen can mask the symptoms of more severe illnesses and can also cause serious internal damage. And that’s when you’re not pregnant. When your body is housing your baby, it’s even more reason to protect yourself from harm.
What are the alternative methods of pain relief?
Firstly, if any pregnancy pain is severe or ongoing, you should contact your obstetrician or midwife and discuss the symptoms. It could be that the pain is a sign of more serious complications.
If the pain is uncomfortable rather than severe, the following natural pain management methods may help:
- Treating the painful area with a hot water bottle or wheat bag.
- Soaking painful muscles and joints in a warm bath.
- Regular exercise and stretching.
- Eating more potassium-rich foods; such as bananas, spinach, and avocados.
- Massage and physiotherapy.
Do you have a question about ibuprofen and pregnancy?
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