Pregnant women are advised to be clear of substances and medications as it may directly affect the fetus. Keeping a pregnant woman healthy is important to maintain the health of the fetus and prevent any future related diseases.
However, an unexpected result was observed in a recent study conducted by a team of researcher led by Dr. Seif Shaheen which is a professor of Respiratory Epidemiology, Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary University of London, UK. The study was co-led by Dr. Catarina Almqvist from the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden, suggesting that painkillers taken by pregnant women are not related to future asthma in their kids.
The results were based on a sample of 500,000 pregnant women that used paracetamol or other similar painkillers while being pregnant. The overall study showed that there is no relation between the asthma observed in the kids when they grow to the painkillers taken by the mother.
The study and results were published in the European Respiratory Journal and focused on inspiring and assuring women that painkillers can be used when pregnant.
Dr. Shaheen emphasized the points, stating, “This link has now been seen in a number of studies in different countries, but until now there has been very little research on use of other painkillers during pregnancy and the subsequent risk of asthma in children. We also do not know whether the link between paracetamol and asthma is causal.”