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Are antibiotics allowed in pregnancy?

Are antibiotics allowed in pregnancy?


Antibiotics are the medicines you are most afraid of when you are pregnant. You make every effort to shelter yourself from any kind of disease and when you expect less, an infection occurs. The antibiotic is the replica that we usually give to infections! Are antibiotics allowed in pregnancy?

Antibiotics - what are they really?

Even when you are not pregnant, the antibiotic seems to be the last resort to resort to in case of infection and that doctors prescribe with enough caution.

Antibiotics are antimicrobial chemicals (they can be organic, produced by microorganisms or obtained by synthesis or semisynthesis) that inhibit or prevent the development of bacteria in the body.

They usually act against infections, but not viral, but bacteriological!

Is antibiotics a danger to pregnancy?

In general, yes! There is a strictness about them, especially because doctors are afraid that pregnant women will not resort to self-medication, believing that they are allowed and are not dangerous to the baby!

Antibiotics are forbidden in pregnancy because they present an increased risk of serious birth defects in the fetus and to stop the evolution, as well as to give birth to other diseases.

However, there are a number of antibiotics specifically designed to allow their administration even during pregnancy. After all, you can't 100% avoid infections in pregnant women, can you? But these are only recommended by the doctor and represent the last solution to be used, if the other remedies applied until then have failed.

Especially since, say doctors, not treating a particular pregnancy disease (which requires antibiotics) can be more dangerous for the baby than if you were exposed to an antibiotic that is not recommended. In any case, antibiotics are needed in some cases and during pregnancy.

What antibiotics are safe in pregnancy?

A concrete and complete list of them is difficult to make. However, there are several types, extremely known and used during pregnancy:

- penicillins (amoxacillin, ampicillin);
- cephalosporins (cefalexin, rocephin);
- macrolides (erythromycin).

It is important to note that in a recent study it was found that the combination of two classes of antibiotics commonly used in pregnancy to treat urinary tract infections (sulfonamides and nitrofuran) was linked to certain birth defects in babies. No concrete evidence was found in this regard, it is only a supposition, but maximum caution is recommended in their administration.

If you need an antibiotic to heal yourself, always call your doctor to determine which is the best option for you. Because not only the content of the antibiotic influences the action on the pregnancy, but also other factors:

- the stage of progression of the pregnancy;
- what quantity is required;
- during which time the antibiotic should be administered.

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