When I was pregnant with my twins, I was told that the over-the-counter pain reliever, Tylenol, is safe to take during pregnancy. I never actually needed to take any (I’m not one to quickly pop a pill of any sort, and I lost my twins at 17 weeks, so I never suffered from any back pain or anything like that). But I know plenty of women who have taken Tylenol during pregnancy — and women who currently do.
That might begin to change.
As reported by NBC News, a new study — the first of its kind to look at young children of mothers who took Tylenol during pregnancy — found that frequent use of the pain reliever appears to be linked to “poorer language skills and behavior problems.”
And considerably so.
According to the report, using Tylenol or its generic form (acetaminophen) for a total of 28 days or more — total, not consecutive — during pregnancy upped the risk by 70% of a child developing “poorer motor skills… [and they] also tended to start walking later, have poorer communication and language skills and more behavior problems.” (SOURCE)
That’s a pretty serious percentage.
But it’s important to remember that the study highlights taking too much Tylenol, or what researchers call “heavy users” of the drug. It’s also important to note that Tylenol’s link to premature birth and miscarriage has been extensively studied, and no connections whatsoever have been found.
So, if you need it take it now and again, don’t freak out about it. But you might want to consider an alternative option if you need to take this pain reliever more frequently.
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