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4 Common kinds of antibiotics that can cause miscarriage

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Be wary of antibiotics, even those you think can just be purchased over the counter, without a prescription. More details, here.

Expectant moms make every effort to ensure they remain strong and healthy throughout pregnancy. They take care of their diet and make sure they take vitamins. Moms-to-be are also aware that they're more prone to bacterial infections such as Urinary Tract Infection, which is commonly treated with antibiotics.

Though recent research out of the University of Montreal has tried to change the commonly held belief that antibiotics aren't safe for pregnant women, new research from the same institution is claiming that the use of antibiotics during pregnancy has been linked to a higher risk of miscarriage or spontaneous abortions during early pregnancy.

"Although antibiotic use to treat infections has been linked to a decreased risk of prematurity and low birth weight in other studies, our investigation shows that certain types of antibiotics are increasing the risk of spontaneous abortion, with a 60% to two-fold increased risk," study author Dr. Anick Berard said in a statement.

Let's take a closer look at the type of antibiotics they analyzed in the study.

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Macrolides: Erythromycin, Zithromax

Erithromycin, for instance, is an anti-bacterial used to treat conditions such as bronchitis, pneumonia and whooping cough.

Quinolones: Ciprofloxacin

Ciprofloxacin is used to treat lower respiratory tract and skin infections.

Sulfonamides: Co-Trimoxazole

Otherwise known as "sulfa drugs," they were initially used to treat bacterial infections. They are also prescribed to treat allergies, fungi, and malaria.

Metronidazole

This anti-bacteria and anti-parasitic medication is commonly prescribed for those who have amoebiasis.

They also included tetracylines, which are broad-spectrum antibiotics, in their study. They also found that the average gestational age during miscarriage was 14 weeks. Researchers took into account other details, such as the women's age, medical history (including past infections), and their civil status.

Researchers behind the study clarified that they are not out to discourage the use of antibiotics, but that pregnant women should be vigilant in keeping themselves informed and their doctors updated on any change in their health and condition in order to make sure they have a healthy pregnancy and delivery.

READ: Antibiotics may stop working if you misuse them, says DOH

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