If you are pregnant, or are planning on becoming pregnant, it is important to know what medications you can and cannot take while pregnant. One common question many women have is whether they can take Aleve while pregnant.
This blog post will provide an overview of the risks associated with taking Aleve while pregnant.
Is it Safe to Take Aleve While Pregnant?
Aleve is a popular over-the-counter pain reliever that contains naproxen sodium, an NSAID (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug).
Pregnant women often wonder if they can take Aleve while expecting.
In general, doctors advise against taking any NSAIDs during pregnancy as they may increase the risk of miscarriage and birth defects.
Unless your doctor advises otherwise, it’s not recommended to take Aleve while pregnant.
Aleve Use During Pregnancy: Risks and Precautions
If your doctor does advise you to take Aleve while pregnant, follow their instructions carefully. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists states that it’s generally safe to take low doses of naproxen sodium for pain relief during pregnancy.
But, even at low doses, there is still a risk of premature delivery or other complications.
If you have an intrauterine device (IUD) inserted before or during pregnancy, taking Aleve while pregnant may pose additional risks.
Combining IUDs and Aleve During Pregnancy: Risks and Considerations
IUDs are small devices placed in the uterus to prevent pregnancy, but they may also increase the risk of infection when combined with certain medications, such as NSAIDs, like Aleve. Before using both an IUD and Aleve during pregnancy, consult your doctor to weigh the risks and make an informed decision.
In conclusion, it’s not recommended to take Aleve while pregnant unless advised by your doctor. Low doses taken under a doctor’s care may still carry risks. And combining Aleve with an IUD may increase the risk of infection.
It’s important to talk to your doctor about the potential risks and weigh them before making a decision.