Miscarriage - Avoid NSAIDSWhen I was trying to conceive, I avoided taking NSAIDs unless my menstrual cycle had already started.
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These drugs, at least for me, were very effective for menstrual cramps - but I always waited until I actually got my period before taking them. The scary thing is that many times the early pregnancy symptoms can mimic PMS (additionally, I had spotting with all my pregnancies - I thought my period was starting). So, just to be sure, wait until you have a full menstrual flow before using NSAIDS.I have frequently heard that you should not take many of the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs during pregnancy. The article below explains some of the research done on NSAIDS:
By Ed Edelson
THURSDAY, Aug. 14 (HealthDayNews) -- Pregnant women who take aspirin or painkillers known as NSAIDs have a strikingly higher risk of miscarriage, a study finds.
The study of more than 1,000 pregnant women found the risk of miscarriage for those who took aspirin was 60 percent higher than for those who did not and was 80 percent higher for those taking any NSAID (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug) than for those who did not.
No such risk was found for those who used acetaminophen, the active ingredient in Tylenol and the like, say researchers from the Kaiser Foundation Research Institute in California, whose study is published in the Aug. 16 issue of the British Medical Journal.
NSAIDs, widely used to treat arthritis, work by reducing production of molecules called prostaglandins in many organs of the body. Aspirin has the same action. Acetaminophen also inhibits prostaglandin production, but only in the central nervous system.
Animal studies indicate that prostaglandins are needed for implantation in the wall of the uterus, say the researchers, led by Dr. De-Kun Li, a Kaiser Foundation research scientist. Suppressing prostaglandin production "can interrupt the natural process of implantation," Li says.