Study Finds Over-the-Counter Pain Relievers Not Tied to Miscarriage

Over the counter pain relieversWomen are often nervous about the medicines they may have taken during early pregnancy- even simple pain relievers can leave you wondering. A study recently published by researchers writing in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology looked at the possible connection between miscarriage and common painkillers like aspirin, ibuprofen and naproxen.

Over 3,000 pregnant women were included in the study, which found no increased risk of miscarriage for women who had taken over-the-counter pain relievers at conception, or early in their pregnancies. Prescription pain killers, such as NSAIDS, however, have shown evidence of an increased risk. Experts still agree that acetaminophen is the safest option for occasional pain relief during pregnancy.

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