What is it about?

Since paracetamol is a drug widely used during pregnancy, this study evaluated the effect of its use during pregnancy on preterm birth, low birth weight, and small for gestational age in a Brazilian Cohort.

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Why is it important?

This study found no increased risk of any outcomes evaluated, suggesting that paracetamol is a safe medicine during pregnancy. However, it should not be assumed that paracetamol is a risk-free medication, and its use must be rational.


Writing this article was a great pleasure, as it has co-authors with whom I have collaborated before. In addition, this article also leads to the study of pregnancy pharmacoepidemiology in Brazil, an area still not much explored and studied in the country.

Caroline Castro
Federal University of Bahia

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This page is a summary of: Association between paracetamol use during pregnancy and perinatal outcomes: Prospective NISAMI cohort, PLoS ONE, April 2022, PLOS, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0267270.
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