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Avoid NSAIDs Early in Your Pregnancy

With all the problems connected to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAIDs) drugs, I'm not surprised to learn how much harm they can do in the womb early in a pregnancy.

Researchers tracked the health of more than 36,000 pregnant Quebec women to identify women who had taken prescription NSAIDs during their first trimester and had babies suffering from congenital problems during their first year.

Of the more than 1,000 women who took NSAIDs early in their pregnancies, almost 9 percent had children with problems versus 7 percent among the remainder of the study group. Even worse, the number of children with multiple congenital problems was higher among mothers who took NSAIDs (16 percent) versus those who didn't (14 percent).

A reminder: If you're searching for safer alternatives to treat your pain, stay away from non-prescription NSAIDs, and look toward more natural treatments.

Birth Defects Research Part B: Developmental and Reproductive Toxicology August 23, 2006

EurekAlert August 24, 2006

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