NSAID Use in Pregnancy Raises Miscarriage Risk

by Tricia Berry

When you do all you can to nurture and protect the life inside you, it helps you be at peace.

When you do all you can to nurture and protect the life inside you, it helps you be at peace.

In a study of pregnant women who had taken non-aspirin NSAIDs during their pregnancy, a team of researchers in Canada found that "all types of nonaspirin NSAIDs significantly increased the risk of spontaneous abortion."

The researchers studied the medical records of more than 50,000 pregnant women in Quebec in a very well-designed, thorough study. NSAIDS they looked at included diclofenac, naproxen, celecoxib, ibuprofen, and rofecoxib, used alone or in combination with another or other NSAIDs from this list.

All were associated with increased risk of spontaneous abortion, regardless of the amount taken.

The scientists' interpretation of the study's results is straightforward, and I hope that all pregnant women will consider it seriously: "Gestational exposure to any type or dosage of nonaspirin NSAIDs may increase the risk of spontaneous abortion. These drugs should be used with caution during pregnancy."

Now, if you are pregnant, or may be pregnant--and let's face it, who knows or even suspects she's pregnant during the first month or so? Many women do not, at the very least during the first couple of weeks--I suggest that it is much safer for your baby to err on the side of caution. And that leads us to the question of how can use something with caution that may cause a miscarriage? Will it cause you to have a miscarriage? Obviously, not every woman who used an NSAID during her pregnancy miscarried. But how do you know whether you will or not?

And, as we mentioned in the above paragraph, it's important to remember that in the early weeks of pregnancy few women suspect that they are pregnant. This means that if you could become pregnant, you should remember this serious caution.

The researchers also highlight the fact that other research has found that "...the use of nonaspirin NSAIDs during early pregnancy has been shown to increase the risk of major congenital malformations." This is another reason to look for safer alternatives to NSAIDs during pregnancy.

There are so many toxins and pollutants that are, unfortunately, an almost integral part of our world today, which makes them very difficult to avoid. That's one more reason to use the utmost caution and make a conscious decision to avoid if at all possible those toxins that it is possible to avoid--such as NSAIDs.

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Sep 13, 2011
And they were prescribed by their doctors!
by: Anonymous

Thanks for including a link to the actual complete study. I noticed reading the study that in many countries, at least some of the NSAIDs studied are common over-the-counter painkillers.

It seems to me that some people don't realize that the fact that a drug is available without a prescription doesn't mean it's safe. Not by a long shot!

However, the study was conducted in Canada, where these NSAIDs are obtained by prescription. The scientists actually used prescription records from different health departments to obtain data for the study.

This means that these drugs were prescribed by the pregnant women's doctors.

Without entering into whether this is the very first study to show that NSAIDs increase the risk of miscarriage (I don't know whether or not it is), and not even taking into account earlier research that these doctors definitely should have known about that showed, as your article points out, that "...the use of nonaspirin NSAIDs during early pregnancy has been shown to increase the risk of major congenital malformations," I think there's a very important take-home lesson here.

The lesson? Just because your doctor prescribes something for you doesn't mean it's safe for anybody, or that it's safe for you in particular.

And even if you are pregnant, and you might naturally expect your doctor to know about the dangers to your unborn baby of anything he might prescribe, he might not know!

So what can you do? I would say, don't take anything without doing your own thorough research first, and carefully weighing the pros and cons, including the worst-case scenario.


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