Can I take antibiotics while pregnant?

Has that thing-that-you-always-get-with-the-problem-that-goes-with-it come back? Can you take antibiotics for it?

Maybe.

Common antibiotics that are considered safe are penicillins (such as amoxicillin and ampicillin), cephalosporins (such as cephalexin), and erythromycin.

Ones you shouldn’t take during pregnancy are streptomycin and tetracycline.

There are a billion ones in between that are iffy because they haven’t had sufficient studies done on them.

That said, you *should* be getting antibiotics through your doctor anyway so don’t be dusting off the shit that sitting in your medicine cabinet that you were supposed to finish the last time. Of course, I would know nothing of this tactic *cough*.

Seriously though, this probably isn’t the best time to get all creative with the self-medicating so you really should see someone who knows what they are talking about. If you have something that requires antibiotics, it has to be treated, so throw a tarp over thing-that-you-always-get-with-the-problem-that-goes-with-it and get it taken care of.

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  • Obviously it is so great that we have antibiotics that are safe and available to take during pregnancy but I will say one thing… I was on 2-3 rounds of antibiotics while pregnant and then had a ton at the birth because baby boy was born via c-section, and we have had the WORST time with thrush and breastfeeding because of it!!! (Like, seriously we get a round of it at least once a month) So if you have to take antibiotics make sure you take a TON of probiotics with it to keep the good bacteria going which will prevent thrush from taking hold after the birth. This is one of the very few pieces of unsolicited advice I give pregnant friends!!

  • Oh god please someone tell "friend" who tried to publicly humiliate and shame for the antibiotics i never took (had mono, was never perscribed anything for it) the alcohol i drank before i knew i was pregnant, the "bad foods" i ate, the fact that i didnt eat enough (pregnant, mono, bedrest… bite me), the bedrest that was clearly my fault (thinning cervix due to baby position) oh and the last gem where she told everyone i considered terminating the pregnancy due to being in college and unplanned (i now have a healthy happy kid and a degree…)

  • Oh boy, I agree with Mara. Always finish your antibiotics – there's currently an antibiotic resistant gonorrhea in Japan because, unless you finish the prescription, you haven't fully killed the bacteria. Just like our immune systems learn when exposed to a disease (this is how vaccines work), bacteria learn how to resist antibiotics.

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