medicine cabinetOkay, don't freak out. Actually, freak out a little bit -- but just enough so that you can take what I'm about to tell you seriously without having a full-blown panic attack. I know, I know, easier said than done. Just do your best.

Anywho, there was this study ... dum dum DUM! No good news ever comes after the word "study," does it? No, it doesn't. Here's the bummer discovery made by this particular study: That women who took over-the-counter NSAIDs, which masquerade in your bathroom cabinet under the names ibuprofen and naproxen (Advil, Motrin, etc.), during their first trimester of pregnancy more than doubled their risk of having a miscarriage.

Relax, relax. I know what you're thinking: But I had that headache last week!! It's okay. Because a second study found the numbers to be significantly less scary than initially reported ...

Apparently, once researchers accounted for other risk factors in the women taking the NSAIDs, including diabetes, high blood pressure, lupus, and heart disease, they realized that the medication itself was only responsible for making women 2.4 times more likely to miscarry.

That's not nearly as terrifying as "more than double" now, is it?

The take-home message is still one worth hearing, I think, or at least one I would have wanted to know about if this discovery was made during either one of my pregnancies: If you can help it, don't take NSAIDs during your first trimester. No biggie. Better safe than sorry, right?

Plus, I have to admit that when I was newly pregnant (especially with my first), I felt so vulnerable that any little concrete measures I could take -- temporarily giving up coffee, sushi, wine, etc. -- gave me the illusion of being in some semblance of control, and that made me feel better. Not so vulnerable. Even if it was a placebo-effect kind of thing, and even if I sort of knew it at the time, it still worked.

Does avoiding potential pregnancy hazards, even if they're very slight, help you to feel less anxious?

 

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