A recent study has found that there's a link between common antibiotics used to treat urinary infections and birth defects....
A recent study has found that there's a link between common antibiotics used to treat urinary infections and birth defects. The downside of this news is that bacterial infections aren't safe for developing babies either - so you've got infection vs. drugs and neither are safe. What to do? Since bacteria infections can harm a developing baby, and since they're miserable for you, don't avoid treatment. Talk to your doctor or midwife about the safest choices. According to the research, penicillins, which are the most common antibiotics given to women during early pregnancy, also appear to be the safest choice, so if you can handle penicillin, this is a good choice for treating an infection. More about the study: The researchers found that mamas who gave birth to babies with birth defects were more likely than mamas with healthy babies to have taken two types of antibiotics during pregnancy: sulfa drugs (brand names include Thiosulfil Forte and Bactrim) and urinary germicides called nitrofurantoins (brand names include Furadantin and Macrobid).
Birth defects linked to sulfa drugs included rare brain and heart problems, and shortened limbs. Those linked to nitrofurantoins included heart problems and cleft palate. The drugs seemed to double or triple the risk, depending on the defect.
It was not totally clear though, whether the birth defects were caused by the drugs or by the underlying infections being treated, researchers noted. Don't forget - if you take antibiotics during pregnancy it's vital you finish the full treatment. Don't stop taking the meds just because you feel better. *Source

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