Using Paracetamol in early pregnancy
You may be wondering whether paracetamol is suitable for use 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.
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.
Of course, as mentioned above, you should always consult a healthcare professional before you use any medication (including paracetamol) no matter what stage of pregnancy you are in.
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.
Whatever the reason for your headache, or any other form of mild to moderate pain you might experience while pregnant, paracetamol can help to give you some relief. Again, always be sure to speak with your doctor about taking medication during pregnancy before you use paracetamol.