“Unfortunately, there’s no simple answer,” says a story from Medical News Today.
The story reports that most studies do not show any long-term effects from low-dose and occasional use of acetaminophen. However, some research suggests that just six tablets taken in early pregnancy increases the risk of language delay in females. Two more recent studies also suggest potential effects on fertility and language development from taking acetaminophen.
Yet, the story says, for some pregnant women, “acetaminophen is the only way to deal with severe pain or fever and infections, which can cause potential harm to their unborn baby if untreated. It can be a fine balancing act between risk and benefit.”
The FDA suggests all pregnant women work with their doctor and take acetaminophen only under doctor supervision.
To read the entire MNT story, click here.