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Doctor insights on: Taking Antibiotics During Pregnancy

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Dr. Katharine Cox
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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more


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Can taking antibiotics mess up a pregnancy test result?

Can taking antibiotics mess up a pregnancy test result?

Not likely: Antibody based tests for HCG detection are specific enough to be not affected by antibiotics. If the results of urine test are inconclusive, you should see your doctor for a blood test. ...Read more

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Can strep throat and taking antibiotics have an adverse effect on the baby during pregnancy?

Can strep throat and taking antibiotics have an adverse effect on the baby during pregnancy?

Unlikely an issue: The strep throat germs are localized to the throat & will not enter the blood & get to baby. The discomfort you feel during the illness should have no long term effect on baby.The antibiotics used fro strep have no negative effect on the fetus. ...Read more

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Could taking antibiotics like doxycycline, bactrim and Macrobid have caused my baby to have a complete agenesis of the corpus callosum? The drugs were prescribed by the doctor for e-coli and ut infections and taken during the first trimester of pregnancy

Could taking antibiotics like doxycycline, bactrim and Macrobid have caused my baby to have a complete agenesis of the corpus callosum? The drugs were prescribed by the doctor  for e-coli and ut infections and taken during the first trimester of pregnancy

No apparent link: The meds above have not been linked to acc. Any triggering process is in play at or before the 4th month, when the cc normally forms.Acc has been found as a sporadic event, or showing autosomal dominant, recessive or x linked forms of inheritance.It can occur in normal people or as part af a significant syndrome or chromosome defect. Genetic eval & counseling are indicated for all cases. ...Read more

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I have Bartholin's cysts which is making me take lots of antibiotics during pregnancy.will it effect my pregnancy?

No: I would hope your doctor is giving you antibiotics which are safe in pregnancy. An infection that is not treated is may effect your pregnancy though. ...Read more

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Which antibiotics are safe to take during pregnancy?

Which antibiotics are safe to take  during pregnancy?

Antibiotics: This really depends on how far into the pregnancy you are. Also, the site of the infection will also determine what antibiotics are appropriate in pregnancy. The earlier in the pregnancy has the greatest restriction for any medications. ...Read more

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Is mitronidazole safe during pregnancy?And what are antibiotics i can use during pregnancy

Is mitronidazole safe during pregnancy?And what are antibiotics i can use during pregnancy

Talk to your doctor: While Metronidazole is listed as a risk category b, it is not safe in the first trimester, because of possible association with congenital defects it may be acceptable in 2nd and 3rd trimesters if alternatives failed. These are questions that are too important to be asked in a online forum. You should always be discussing such things with the provider caring for your pregnancy only please. ...Read more

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If I had to take antibiotics during the first two months of pregnancy, how would it affect my baby?

If I had to take antibiotics during the first two months of pregnancy, how would it affect my baby?

Unlikely...: ...To have any effect at all if the antibiotics were penicillins, cephalosporins, or macrolides. Tetracyclines and fluoroquinolones can cause problems sometimes. ...Read more

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Antibiotic (Definition)

An antibiotic is a medicine that slows, stops, or kills germs. The germs are usually bacteria causing an infection in a person, so the person uses antibiotics to help his body get ...Read more