New research has warned pregnant women to steer clear of taking non-aspirin painkillers, such as ibuprofen, because of an increased risk of miscarriage.

Researchers at the University of Montreal found that of the 4,700 women they studied who had lost their babies, 7.5 per cent had taken nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS).

Previous research has suggested that painkillers such as ibuprofen may increase the risk of women losing their babies because they reduce the production of chemicals called prostaglandins, which are necessary for fertilised eggs to be implanted in the womb.

These latest findings, published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, back up NHS advice that mothers-to-be who are in pain or running a fever should stick to paracetamol, particularly in the first and final thirds of their pregnancies.

Posted by Penny Hosie on 7.9.11 Comment on this article by sending it to: penny.hosie@pavpub.com  

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