Health Matters: Antibiotics during pregnancy linked to higher risk of defects

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Taking some common antibiotics during the first trimester of pregnancy was linked with higher risk of birth defects.

Researchers found an increased risk in the children of women who were prescribed macrolides during the first three months of pregnancy compared to mothers who were prescribed penicillin.

Macrolides are used to treat pneumonia and bronchitis.

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