Is acetaminophen during pregnancy now considered risky?

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Is acetaminophen during pregnancy now considered risky?

Pregnancy can be a time of great joy and expectation for a young family. But a pregnant woman needs to be especially careful of what she takes into her body. This is especially true when it comes to medications or supplements.

We’ve always thought acetaminophen was safe in pregnancy. Acetaminophen is widely used by pregnant women as governmental agencies, including the FDA, have long considered acetaminophen appropriate for use during pregnancy when used as directed. As such, it is the active ingredient in more than 600 medications used to relieve mild to moderate pain and reduce fever.

However, an international group of thirteen scientists is calling for the health care community to carefully reconsider the use of acetaminophen during pregnancy until it is thoroughly investigated for any potential impact on the development of the unborn baby in the womb.

According to the statement, which was published in the journal Nature Reviews Endocrinology, a growing body of research shows that prenatal exposure to [acetaminophen] might alter fetal development, which could increase the risks of some neurodevelopmental, reproductive, and urogenital disorders.”

However, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) is telling pregnant women not to worry.

ACOG says acetaminophen is one of the only safe pain relievers for pregnant individuals.

They add that studies that have been conducted in the past show no clear evidence that proves a direct relationship between the prudent use of acetaminophen during any trimester and fetal developmental issues.

ACOG adds that most importantly, pregnant patients should not be frightened away from the many benefits of acetaminophen.

However, as always, any medication taken during pregnancy should be used only as needed, in moderation, and after the pregnant patient has consulted with their doctor. 

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