Sometimes, however, we get symptoms that send us scurrying off to see the Doctor and depending on who you see, you may walk out with a prescription for antibiotics – the very things that you have been told NOT to take during pregnancy!
Let’s start by taking a look at a Short History of Medicine:
"Oh Doctor, I have this terrible pain!"
BC 2000 "Here, eat this root."
AD 1000 "That root is heathen. Say this prayer."
AD 1850 "That prayer is superstition. Drink this potion
AD 1940 "That potion is snake oil. Swallow this pill.
AD 1985 That pill is ineffective. Drink this antibiotic
AD 2000 That antibiotic is artificial. Here take this root.
Is it any wonder that we are confused? Our main concern is the possibility of adverse effects that these drugs may have on the fetus.
When might Antibiotics be used during pregnancy?