There are many uncomfortable symptoms that a woman may experience during pregnancy, ranging from headaches to back pain. If you are a pregnant woman who feels uncomfortable, you may immediately reach for a bottle of Advil. Since this is probably what you do when you’re not pregnant, you might not even think twice about it. Is this safe to do though? Does Advil cause any pregnancy complications or birth defects? Here’s what you should know about taking this over-the-counter medication while you are pregnant.
Avoid Advil During Pregnancy
Women are not recommended to take Advil during pregnancy. There have not been enough studies done on the effects that ibuprofen (Advil, Nurofen and Motrin) can have on pregnant women and their unborn babies. Since the effects are unknown, it is not recommended. While it is not thought that taking one dose of this over-the-counter medication will be harmful, women should be sure to avoid taking Advil or other forms of ibuprofen throughout their entire pregnancy. While the effects of Advil during pregnancy are not known, it is thought that taking it during the last three months can lead to birth defects, according to Drugs.com.
If a Doctor Recommends Advil
The only time Drugs.com advises pregnant women to take Advil is if it is recommended by their doctor. This will generally only happen if the pain that you are suffering from is very severe, and you will most likely be told that you should follow dosage instructions. Your doctor will also probably advise you against using Advil or another form of ibuprofen for an extended period of time. Consider trying home remedies for the specific ailment that you are suffering from rather than using Advil or Motrin, however. In most cases, an effective home remedy can be a much safer alternative than ibuprofen during pregnancy. Note that most doctors recommend Tylenol, however, as it is safe to use while you are pregnant.
While there may be times when a doctor advises you to take Advil, the best thing that you can do during pregnancy is avoid ibuprofen. If you are in pain, a home remedy may be an ideal alternative. Otherwise, it may be ideal to consider coping with your pain – especially during the last three months of pregnancy, when taking Advil is thought to lead to birth defects. Although you may experience a headache for a longer period of time than usual, you could be preventing serious and irreversible birth defects from affecting your new son or daughter.
MedicineNet.com, “Generic Name: ibuprofen.”