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Pregnant women unaware of the dangers of ibuprofen

Scientists have found that pregnant women who use ibuprofen are twice as likely to have a miscarriage

Posted: 7 September 2011
by Hannah Blake
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Ibuprofen should not be taken during pregnancy

A new study has found that women who take ibuprofen from just before they conceive until the 20th week of pregnancy are at a higher risk of miscarriage.

One in six mums-to-be are still taking ibuprofen, despite clear warnings on the packets of the drug, that pregnant women should not use them.

Women who take ibuprofen are up to 2.4 times more at risk of suffering from a miscarriage, the study of 47,050 women found. Results have been published by the Canadian Medical Association Journal.

Paracetamol is also included in the study but it was found to be safe for expecting mums to take.

"It is important that any woman before conception and during pregnancy plans their pregnancy and reduces their risk of any complications through maintaining a healthy lifestyle," said Dr Virginia Beckett from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.

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