Tylenol in pregnancy linked to ADHD in kids… (Berkeley Acupuncture)
Researchers found, children whose mothers took Tylenol during pregnancy were more likely to be diagnosed with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder.
|Researchers have long suspected that acetaminophen may behave as an endocrine-disrupting chemical capable of influencing fetal brain development. (Joe Raedle / Getty Images / November 9, 2006)|
The results were published in the journal JAMA Pediatrics and add to growing evidence that the active ingredient in Tylenol may influence brain development in utero. But they do not provide clear answers for mothers-to-be or their doctors about whether acetaminophen is safe during pregnancy.
In analyzing data on more than 64,000 Danish women and their children, researchers found that kids whose mothers took the painkiller at any point during pregnancy were 29% more likely to be diagnosed with ADHD than were kids whose mothers took none. The risk increased the most — by 63% — when acetaminophen was taken during the second and third trimesters, and by 28% when used in the third trimester alone. But when taken only in the first trimester, the added risk was 9%.
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Instead of using over the counter NSAIDS or aspirin, seriously consider acupuncture to help with all those aches and pains associated with pregnancy. Not only can we treat the aches, but also rebalance your body, de-stress, help you sleep better and help facilitate a smooth labor and delivery.
Christina Martin is the founder of Tao to Wellness. She is a Life Coach, Acupuncturist, Chinese Herbalist and Teacher and has been in practice for almost 20 years. She is a CPCC certified Life Coach, holds a Master’s Degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine and is a fellow of the American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine. Christina has been coaching clients since she was 16 years old.