When you’re pregnant, you’re naturally worried about the medicines you take, as they can sometimes affect your unborn baby. So, if your doctor suggests antibiotics during pregnancy, should you refuse them?
“Antibiotics are sometimes required, for example, if you are having a urinary tract infection, Group B streptococcus infection, bacterial tonsillitis, etc,” says Dr Goh Shen Li, consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist in SL Goh Women’s Clinic at Mount Alvernia Medical Centre D.
There are many antibiotics that are safe to take during pregnancy, including common ones such as those in the penicillin family or erythromycin.
Trust your doctor – take them as prescribed, especially if your baby’s health or yours could potentially be affected with an untreated severe infection.
That said, there are other antibiotics that may cause fetal abnormalities.
“If your pregnancy isn’t yet confirmed or you’re planning for a family, let your doctor know, just in case,” Dr Goh advises.