Antibiotics and Pregnancy

During pregnancy, there are a number of things that are off-limits, such as alcohol, smoking, and caffeine. You also have to consider the medications you take – is it safe to take this or that medicine?

If you contract a bacterial infection during pregnancy, Dr. Roger Williams from the MayoClinic says, "Antibiotics can nearly always be taken safely." However, Dr. Williams says choosing the specific medication carefully is important. Some antibiotics that are safe to be taken during pregnancy, but some are not.

Antibiotics safety factors

The safety of antibiotics depends on a number of factors, including the type of antibiotic your take, when during your pregnancy you take the antibiotic, how much you take, and for how long you.  

Safe antibiotics

The following antibiotics are considered safe to take during pregnancy:

  • Amoxicillin
  • Ampicillin
  • Clindamycin
  • Erythromycin
  • Nitrofurantoin
  • Penicillin

Unsafe antibiotics

Some antibiotics are not safe to take during pregnancy. These include tetracycline such as doxycycline, tetracycline and minocycline. These antibiotics can damage an expecting woman’s liver, discolor a developing baby’s teeth, and cause a number of birth defects.

There are medical conditions for which the best treatment is an antibiotic, including urinary tract infection, or group B strep [in which case antibiotics are given during labor], your health care provider will prescribe the safest antibiotic at the safest dosage.

Source: MayoClinic