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Taking ibuprofen or paracetamol in pregnancy raises premature and stillbirth risk by 50%: study

Pregnant women who regularly take painkillers are 50 per cent more likely to have complications compared to those who do not, a study has found. 

Aberdeen University researchers found there were higher rates of preterm birth and stillbirth among those who took over-the-counter pain relief, such as paracetamol and ibuprofen.

Preterm birth was 50 per cent more likely among women who took one of five common painkillers at some point during their pregnancy.

And the study, which looked at more than 151,000 pregnancies over three decades, showed the risk of stillbirth was 33 per cent higher.

Up to eight in 10 expectant mothers worldwide take painkillers to relieve common pregnancy symptoms, such as a fever and joint pain. 

But there is conflicting advice on which drugs should be taken, with…


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