HeatherB ~ mama to 3 wonderful boys: 03/02; 09/04; 09/07 - and Eliana, 11/13/10!
Founder of Houston Birth Alternatives: Be Informed, Encouraged, Supported birth support group and aspiring midwife.
"Ibuprofen (Motrin, Nuprin, and Advil) is safer than aspirin during pregnancy, but take it only with a doctor's advice. It seems to be safe to take in the first two trimesters because there have been no studies linking ibuprofen with congenital defects. Ibuprofen does not have the anticoagulant effect of aspirin, and is therefore unlikely to cause bleeding in mother or baby when taken in the third trimester. Because it inhibits prostaglandins (natural hormones that influence labor), it must be used with caution during the third trimester. Ibuprofen can also interfere with the normal blood flow within the heart and blood vessels of the baby during the third trimester. These effects are likely to disappear when the drug is stopped and have not been shown to harm baby."
Mom to DS(8), DS(6), DD(4), and DS(1). "Kids do as well as they can."
Thx umsami, I've been taking Advil s p a r i n g l y when Tylenol doesn't work (often it doesn't) and I can't shake a headache or backache, but I try to not take it too much. My OB said it's ok now, but not after 30 weeks. I was starting to worry there...
concern is for premature closure of the ductus
arteriosus (a vessel in the fetal heart), which
can lead to high blood pressure in the fetal
lungs (pulmonary hypertension). The use of
ibuprofen later in pregnancy may inhibit labor
or cause reduced amount of amniotic fluid
I typically avoid it during my entire pregnancy but talked to an OB about it during my second pregnancy. During the first trimester and some part of the second trimester, there isn't as much cause for concern. With that in mind, if it's the ONLY painkiller that will work and you really really need it, and you're early in your pregnancy, I can see using it. I absolutely do not take any IB starting in the 2nd trimester, though, ever since learning about the DA closure. Too big a risk to take, even for one dose for a migraine for me. The dividing line is really before 26 weeks (official start of the third trimester) - I cannot remember if it was closer to 20 weeks, or 17 weeks, or even earlier.
i just asked my doctor the same thing today and they said its because it is a blood thinner it can make you or baby hemerage and could also cause baby to have bleeding in the brain.. Tylenol is the best thing to take while pregnant and nothing at all with Asprin because that is also a blood thinner