Taking aspirin while pregnant increases risk of cerebral palsy in babies
Mothers who take aspirin during pregnancy are at a very high risk of giving birth to babies who develop cerebral palsy. The risk is more than double.
What is Cerebral Palsy
Cerebral palsy is a neurological disorder that develops in early childhood and permanently damages speech, movement and posture, vision and learning disabilities of a child.
The study says that babies born to mothers who took aspirin were almost three times more likely to develop the condition, which is lifelong and incurable.
Babies exposed to paracetamol were 30% more likely to have overall cerebral palsy and 50% more likely to have it on one side.
The biggest danger was taking the painkillers in the middle stage of a pregnancy, which is a critical stage for brain development. Drugs like paracetamol and aspirin can trigger toxic conditions in the developing brain that lead to permanent damage, or disrupt the normal level of a mother's hormones needed to regulate brain development.
Researchers examined nearly 200,000 mothers and their babies for the study.