... months Prent... will this affect my baby? Im having a pain im my lower ab but no other symptoms... please help
Again, there is a thing called risk to benefit ratio when considering drugs for a pregnant woman. While it is best to not take anything while pregnant, there are sometimes when drugs are needed. An untreated urinary tract infection could potentially shut down a mothers kidneys from sepsis and this could cause a miscarriage and even death to both mother and baby. SO it is very important to treat a bladder infection in a pregnant woman-there is no other choice so benefits are way higher than the risk of drug exposure to the baby. That being said, Bactrim is a pregnancy category C. Here is what the literature says about taking it when pregnant:
While there are no large, well-controlled studies on the use of sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim in pregnant women, Brumfitt and Pursell in a retrospective study, reported the outcome of 186 pregnancies during which the mother received either placebo or sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim. The incidence of congenital abnormalities was 4.5% (3 of 66) in those who received placebo and 3.3% (4 of 120) in those receiving sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim. There were no abnormalities in the 10 children whose mothers received the drug during the first trimester. In a separate survey, Brumfitt and Pursell also found no congenital abnormalities in 35 children whose mothers had received oral sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim at the time of conception or shortly thereafter.
Because sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim may interfere with folic acid metabolism, Bactrim should be used during pregnancy only if the potential benefit justifies the potential risk to the fetus.
So in reading that 3 out of 66 women who got a placebo (sugar pill or no active drug) had birth defects and 4 out of 120 women who received Bactrim had birth defects so it doesnt look as if Bactrim really increased the amount of birth defects over normal incidence but they dont rule out that Bactrim may cause birth defects. In your case though, an antibiotic was needed and benefits outweigh any risk. I would assume that the Dr who prescribed the drug knew you were pregnant?
Glad you asked a question about this. Being pregnant one is very careful what one eats and drinks and any type of medicine including Tylenol and aspirin. That said, as you will be a new mom soon, it is time to start the habit of asking questions, lot of them, when you receive a medication. Ask about the pros and cons, is there something better, and should you watch for anything. Always tell the doc everything you or your child takes including vitamins. Good luck with the pregnancy and I hope you have a happy and healthy child.
Your doctor has to weigh out what's best for mother and child. If you have a UTI as it's common to get UTI&yeast infections during pregnancy... going untreated could shut down your kidneys having more than just a tract infection it's more detrimental to clear this infection for both you and the baby to be healthy. Drink lots of clear fluids now& after its cleared where cotton under wear so when you sweat it's not stagnant and change often if you're sweating more often this will help keep down the risks for more infections also if you drink one glass of cranberry juice and have a yogurt a day you should be good to go after your current infection is gone...
Hope this helps you... keep asking questions! Hope you find the answers!
Take care & congrats!
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