What Expecting Families Need to Know About NSAIDs and Medications

Bottom Line:
While expecting mothers may have a glow about them, they’re unfortunately no less immune to body aches and pains than the rest of us. In fact, it’s estimated that over 85% of women will deal with back pain at some point during and likely after their pregnancy.

If there’s one thing we’ve learned in years of treating pregnant patients, it’s that finding relief without the use of over-the-counter and prescription medications is possible.

Here’s a quick overview of what your expecting family should know about medications and chiropractic adjustments during pregnancy.

Why it Matters:
It’s likely that you or an expecting mother you know have had their doctor caution them that no medications should be taken without checking with them first. It’s no secret that all medications come with some level of side effects, and these are often heightened during pregnancy.

Some medicines aren’t safe to take when a woman is pregnant, even those that are available over-the-counter.

For example, there have been preliminary studies that suggest over-the-counter medications like acetaminophen and other common NSAIDs may increase the risk of health challenges in newborns such as asthma and gastrointestinal problems.

The good news is that there are solutions available that don’t require the use of these medications. Pregnancy and chiropractic adjustments go ‘hand in hand’.

Low back pain and other pregnancy-related pains women often experience during pregnancy can usually be relieved with chiropractic spinal adjustments.

Here are key points to take away …

  • NSAIDs cross from the mother to baby easily through the placenta and can influence the production of prostaglandins.
  • Recent studies suggest that taking NSAIDs can increase the risks of asthma and hypertension in newborns.
  • Chiropractic care is a safe, effective, and non-invasive way to manage pregnancy-related aches and pains.

Next Steps:
If you or a loved one close to you anticipates becoming pregnant, it’s smart to be proactive with your health and start now to explore natural ways to stay active and pain-free during your pregnancy.

As a trusted pregnancy chiropractor in Hallettsville who specializes in natural pain relief solutions, we can help. Whether you’re ready to come in and start receiving chiropractic care or you’d like to stop in to get your questions answered, our expert team is just a phone call away.

We’d be honored to serve you through all three trimesters and for years to come!

Science Source:
(1) Use of NSAIDs During Pregnancy. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2018.
(2) NSAID Use During Pregnancy. Pharmacy Today. 2001.

by Christopher Freytag, D.C.

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