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#1 rararara

Posted 25 January 2013 - 12:35 PM

Not sure where to post this, either in this forum or the TTC one, as I'm not sure where I belong just yet! I have just taken a FR pregnancy test and there is a very faint second line... which is wonderful news in itself but I feel so worried because I am currently taking antibiotics for a chest infection. I did ask the doctor before I started taking them whether they were save when we were TTC, and he said yes, but now that I may actually be pregnant I'm worried all over again.

I will call the doctor soon to find out whether I should stop the course or not, and to get some further advice, but I guess I'm just putting it out there to allay my fears that I could have done any damage in this early period by taking the antibiotics. sad.gif


#2 julz78

Posted 25 January 2013 - 12:40 PM

If the doctor said they were fione whilst ttc chances are they will be fine whilst pregnant but check with your dr anyway. My OB had me on prophylactic antibiotics through out most of my last pregnancy and my baby was fine. The doctor will probably weigh up the benefits of you using antibiotics as the chest infection would probably pose more health concerns for mum and bub than the antibiotics. Don't stress original.gif

#3 PurpleNess

Posted 25 January 2013 - 12:46 PM

If it makes you feel better I had to take a course of fairly strong antibiotics whilst Pregnant for a sinus infection, DS is just fine and I'm sure your bub will be too:-)
I have a friend who's a Pharmacist & currently 30 weeks preg, she's taking antibiotics for a chest infection :-)

#4 Koobie83

Posted 25 January 2013 - 12:48 PM

There are antibiotics safe to take in pregnancy. I had a course of them when I was about 17 weeks and I checked with the doctor and the pharmacy and they confirmed they were in the safe class.
If you are unsure you can look it up with Mothersafe or something like that I think and they can confirm.
I think one of the big ones that isn't safe is Amoxil

#5 rararara

Posted 25 January 2013 - 12:54 PM

Thanks everyone for your replies. It makes me feel a little less stressed! I did check with the pharmacist too, when I picked up the script, and apparently they're Category B antibiotics. She said they were generally (although not categorically!) safe during pregnancy...

#6 kwiggle

Posted 25 January 2013 - 12:54 PM

Koobie83 - amoxil is safe.  Very few aren't, but best to check with your Dr OP.

#7 FEdeRAL

Posted 25 January 2013 - 01:01 PM

QUOTE (Koobie83 @ 25/01/2013, 01:48 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I think one of the big ones that isn't safe is Amoxil

Amoxil, aka Amoxicillin is very commonly prescribed for pregnant and breastfeeding women for various infections. I have had them while pregnant and when breastfeeding.

#8 Koobie83

Posted 25 January 2013 - 01:16 PM

Cool - thanks for setting me straight on that one! Haha.

#9 SWMonkey

Posted 25 January 2013 - 01:51 PM

Perhaps take some inner health plus or similar to counteract the antibiotics killing off the good bacteria too. You can be more prone to thrush when taking antibiotics.

Congrats on your pregnancy!

#10 Natttmumm

Posted 25 January 2013 - 02:57 PM

Ive had to take antibiotics in all 3 pregnancies. Doc said it was safe.

Dont panic. Congrats on the positive test

#11 bec_1108

Posted 25 January 2013 - 08:14 PM

QUOTE (rararara @ 25/01/2013, 01:54 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Thanks everyone for your replies. It makes me feel a little less stressed! I did check with the pharmacist too, when I picked up the script, and apparently they're Category B antibiotics. She said they were generally (although not categorically!) safe during pregnancy...

I was given a category B antibiotic before I found out I was pregnant. I stopped as soon as I found out. My GP wasn't too worried. Said it wasn't good long term, but a few days was fine.

#12 Bluemakede

Posted 25 January 2013 - 10:12 PM

A cat B will be fine. I wouldn't just stop taking them, you're opening yourself up to antibiotic resistance by not completely finishing the course.

Congrats on the pregnancy original.gif

#13 Guest_Sunnycat_*

Posted 25 January 2013 - 10:31 PM

I was on antibiotics and then got a BFP. I stopped taking them though. The doctor prescribed them and they were safe for breastfeeding so I would have assumed they were safe while pregnant but I wasn't sure and couldn't get an appointment so stopped. I think this early on it will be fine OP. original.gif

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