Painkillers a no-no for expectant mums

What expectant mums can and can’t do during pregnancy seems to change all the time. Obviously smoking’s not a good idea; drinking, to excess, can also be harmful, but what about the occasional glass of wine?

Now it turns out that women who take over-the-counter painkillers during pregnancy are putting their unborn children – and boys particularly - at risk.

Research has found that women taking painkillers - including aspirin, paracetamol and ibuprofen - are more prone to have boys with low testosterone and inactive sperm.

And the study in journal Human Reproduction shows that simultaneous use of more than one painkiller between weeks 13 to 28 increased the risk 16-fold.

Researchers said the rise in painkiller use caused an increase in ‘reproductive issues.’

What a pain indeed.

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