There has always been much heated debate whether expecting women should take antibiotics, and, in the end, as it turns out, just two antibiotics are deemed safe for pregnant ladies.
The study was conducted by the University of Montreal and the research team there says they have compared antibiotics to penicillin, in order to get the results. Penicillin is also one of the drugs pregnant women tolerate. Therefore, as it turns out, two other antibiotics have been cleared for usage, both belonging to a group called macrocodes. The two antibiotics in question are azithromycin and clarithromycin.
Usually, pregnant women were advised against using any antibiotics at all during their pregnancy days, because, as one older study performed in Denmark showed, children whose mothers used antibiotics while they were still in the womb, were more likely to develop asthma.
The reason behind this is the fact that the usage of the drugs changes the natural balance of bacteria. This condition is transmitted to the unborn child and will have a deep impact in his early life, because it will affect his immune system.
This new study is also backed up by the Quebec Pregnancy Cohort and it was conducted on hundreds of thousands of pregnant women. The study was led by Anick Berard, with the University of Montreal.
There have been all sorts of studies performed on this subject as it is a very important one. But, unfortunately, earlier studies do not present us with enough data or clarity on the matter of safety with antibiotics in pregnant women. That may be caused by different factors, such as overlooking some important criteria. For example, azithromycin, one of the drugs that has now been deemed safe by the University of Montreal, is usually employed to treat conditions such as chlamydia. But the chlamydia infection is linked to birth defects in children itself.
Therefore, in response to Anick Berard’s new study, many researchers and scientists say many more studies will have to be done. We cannot simply allow pregnant women to use antibiotics based solely on one study. Also, there is still the ongoing issue that antibiotics and birth defects have not been successfully linked over the years.
We are yet to know if they really do cause damage to unborn children. Women have been advised against taking any kind of antibiotics while with child simply because it’s best to be on the safe side in such an important matter.
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