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Could Ibuprofen Be Safe During Pregnancy?

A new study suggests that the the painkiller doesn't increase the risk of miscarriage

Although you're currently not advised to take ibuprofen during pregnancy, a new study in the Canadian Medical Association Journal has found pregnant women who took it were not at an increased risk of miscarriage.

Ibuprofen is a type of medication known as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and is used to reduce pain and fever.

Previously, pregnant women were advised to avoid taking NSAIDs because there was a risk of miscarriage, and to use paracetamol if you were in pain.

However, this study of 65,457 pregnant women suggests NSAIDs don't increase the risk. The research was carried out because there was confusion around the safety of anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen during pregnancy.

It's thought this was due to previous research yielding conflicting results. Although two studies had found a connection between NSAID use and miscarriage, this link was apparently down to flawed research techniques.

However, the Department of Health's guidance on painkillers has not changed and they still recommend that you avoid taking ibuprofen during pregnancy, particularly during the first and third trimesters, so stick with this advice until UK guidance changes.

If you're unsure about whether you can take a particular medicine, it's always best to check with your GP or midwife.

How did you cope with pain during your pregnancy? Let us know in the comments box below.

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