Taking antibiotics during your second or third trimester may lead to your child's likelihood to develop obesity, new research shows.
A study published in the International Journal of Obesity evaluated 436 mother and child pairs and followed the children until they were 7 years old.
The study reports that kids who were exposed to antibiotics during the second or third trimester had an 84 percent higher chance of obesity compared to those who weren't exposed during the second or third trimesters, after adjusting for several variables.
The study did not look into what kinds of antibiotics the women took. And it's important to note that while some infections can get better on their own, others require antibiotic treatment to heal—and avoiding treatment could cause even more harm to the mother and developing child.
"The current findings in and of themselves shouldn't change clinical practice," Noel T. Mueller, the study's lead author told The New York Times. "If they hold up in other prospective studies, then they should be part of the equation when considering antibiotic usage. There are many legitimate uses for antibiotics during pregnancy."
Remember: If you're pregnant and think you might need to take an antibiotic, always consult your healthcare provider and ask her about any questions or concerns you might have. You can read more about antibiotics and pregnancy here.
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