First Trimester

New Research Says That Taking Paracetamol During Pregnancy Can Affect Baby

Paracetamol is one of the most common drugs we use in Nigeria. In fact most of the time we don’t need a doctor’s order or advise before we take paracetamol. If we have any form of body pain our default is usually to go and buy paracetamol and take without first consulting any doctor.

New research has now warned pregnant women against taking paracetamol even at recommended doses as it might harm the masculinity of their unborn son. This study was published in the scientific journal Reproduction. It found that paracetamol could also reduce fertility in daughters too.

The researchers found the pills inhibit the development of ‘male behaviour’ in mice by reducing the amount of the ‘masculine’ hormone testosterone in their bodies.

 Professor David Mabjerg Kristensen, the lead author of the research states that;

We have demonstrated that a reduced level of testosterone means that male characteristics do not develop as they should. “This also affects sex drive.

“Male programming had not been properly established during their fetal development and this could be seen long afterwards in their adult life. It is very worrying.


Just last year, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of  Emzor Pharmaceutical Industries Limited, Dr Stella Okoli, said.

“Most users have ‘staggered’ overdoses after taking paracetamol in other forms, such as caffeine drinks or panadol, thereby failing to realise that the amount they have taken could be fatal in a few days.”

According to her, 500mg tablets  the equivalent of 4g should be the maximum dose daily, warning that anyone who exceeds this dose will be endangering his life. However, if you’re pregnant experts say you should take the minimum amount needed. Don’t be tempted to top up with another dose, just in case the pain returns.

As Nigerians, we need to stop the habit of self medicating, it is a very dangerous habit that we sometimes even pass on to our kids. Self medication is especially dangerous when you are pregnant or a nursing mother. Before taking any drug make sure you consult your doctor first.





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I’m really scared of telling anyone apart from my husband I’m pregnant again. I have been trying to conceive for a while now, I got married  to my husband 6 years ago,  few months after our wedding, if I should fall sick a little, everyone starts to think I’m pregnant. I was hoping to get pregnant  too immediately after our wedding but since we are putting in effort and it’s not yielding results, we decided we will wait till God’s time. After our first year anniversary, friends and family start asking questions of what is keeping us, we just give them one excuse or the other and it went on like that for 2 more years.

I was fed up and tired from all the slide comments from my husband’s relative asking what is the problem is and what’s is keeping us from giving them grandchildren, we told them of all the medical test we’ve carried out and the result showed that we are both fine and it’s only a matter of time before we become parents. They promised to be patience with us and join us in prayers. God answered our prayers after our third year of marriage, we were so happy when we confirmed it, we could not contain our joy that we could not help but share the news with everyone that matters to us. Everyone was happy for us.

A week to the end of my first trimester, I woke up feeling fluids in between my thighs, I jolted out of bed to see blood all over my night wear, we rushed to the hospital  and after I was examined, our worst fear was confirmed. I had lost the baby. I was really devastated. That brought us back to the way we were before but this time, it’s even worse.  We were gloomy and sad but we believed in God that it happened for a reason.  We were steadfast with our prayers and kept a positive spirit.  8months after that incident, we were expecting again, we decided that we are going to keep it to ourselves this time or if at all, inform just our both parents. We informed them and they were happy all over again like they were the first time but we made them promise not to tell anyone this time until I’m showing.

I was one of the lucky ones, I tried not to do anything stressful just to avoid any situation that can lead to the first incident.  I was shocked when I started receiving calls from friends and family asking how I’m fairing with the pregnancy. These are people we never told anything and we just knew either of our parents cannot keep a secret.  I felt they might have jinxed it for us again and I was right, I was in the kitchen cooking a week after when I felt streams of blood running down my thighs. I screamed for my husband and he ran to my side. I was crying profusely even before we got to the hospital and the doctor confirmed it.  Our parents claimed it was just one person they told and the one person they told went and the one person told another person and the whole families have heard.

During our fifth year anniversary, we pray to God for him to answer our prayers and he did, myself and my husband decided not to tell anyone anything about us anymore when God answers again and he did hear our cry and answered us.  I have been 4 months pregnant now, this is the longest I have gone compared to my first two pregnancies. I’m not showing yet and I’m tempted to tell anyone I’m pregnant again. My husband insisted we are not informing anyone, that it is my stomach that will inform them. How long do I keep on avoiding family gatherings pending the time I’m obviously showing. I don’t want to lose my baby again too.

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