Using antibiotics while pregnant

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(ABC News) — Pregnancy. Sometimes, it’s no picnic, and for many women, this is never more true than when they are experiencing a dreaded urinary tract infection.

This problem just so happens to be more common in pregnancy.

It’s treated with antibiotics, but not all antibiotics are safe for developing babies.

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Some of these medicines are known to potentially cause birth defects.

In 2011, the nation’s top OB/GYN group recommended against two antibiotics – Nitrofurantoin and Sulfonamides. They are urging pregnant women to avoid them in the first trimester, if possible.

Still, a new CDC report has found that 35% of first trimester moms with private insurance are getting Nitrofurantoin for their UTI. 8% percent are getting Sulfonamides.

Sometimes, there might not be a better option for treating the UTI bug if it is resistant to other antibiotics. Also, some first trimester moms might not even know they are pregnant at the time they are prescribed these medications.

But since these drugs are worse for babies than other antibiotics, pregnant women should be alert and talk to their doctors about all of their antibiotic choices.

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