Using Panadol in early pregnancy
You may be wondering whether Panadol is safe for an expecting mother to use in the early stages of pregnancy (the first 12 weeks). This is a natural concern, since many doctors may recommend that a woman avoid taking any medication during her first trimester of pregnancy.vii
The reason for this advice is that the first 12 weeks of a pregnancy is a key stage of development for an unborn baby (during which organs begin to form) and some medications may pose a health risk during these vital weeks.vii
Of course, as mentioned above, you should always consult a healthcare professional before you use any medication (including Panadol) no matter what stage of pregnancy you are in.
A pain reliever like Panadol can be particularly helpful if, like many women in the early stages of pregnancy, you are experiencing frequent headaches, since Panadol provides effective temporary relief from headache pain.viii, ix
Headaches are a common symptom during the first trimester of pregnancy, although the exact reason for this isn’t always clear. It’s possible that changing hormone levels may be to blame; however, stress, fatigue or a sudden lack of caffeine (for women who’ve had to give up their morning coffee while pregnant) are also all potential causes of headaches in early pregnancy.ix
Whatever the reason for your headache, or any other form of mild to moderate pain you might experience while pregnant, Panadol can help to give you some relief.i, ii Again, always be sure to speak with your doctor about taking medication during pregnancy before you use Panadol.