Dr Mini Salunkhe: Could taking antibiotics during pregnancy affect my baby?

Here are questions from readers that were addressed by leading obstetrician and gynaecologist Dr Mini Salunkhe. The identities of the solution-seekers have been withheld to protect their privacy.

Is it possible to get pregnant again just three months after giving birth?

Many women have got pregnant just a few weeks after giving birth. You can conceive again in as little as two to three weeks after giving birth even if your period has not returned. Ovulation is possible within a few weeks after child birth. If you are not breastfeeding, your fertility can return within a few weeks of childbirth.

I have been going through an issue for the last four months now. My periods are sometimes irregular and I have an issue of white discharge. It does come with a foul smell or itching so I am still worried. Also, I feel tired all the time, is there any reason?

Irregular periods may be due to hormonal imbalance which may occur due to several factors. It is possible that hormonal imbalance is the reason for your abnormal vaginal discharge and weakness. Hence, in all probability they may all be linked together by a common causative factor. A thorough gynaecological examination is warranted.

I am a 25-year-old female, and I am entering my 29 week of pregnancy. I was on antibiotics last week as I was suffering from Urinary Infection. Could the antibiotics affect my baby?

Antibiotics are commonly prescribed during pregnancy especially for urinary infections and respiratory infections. Safety depends on various factors including the type of antibiotic, at what stage in pregnancy you took the antibiotic, how much you took and for how long. Your gynaecologist will judiciously prescribe an antibiotic for you but only if required and you can be rest assured your doctor will prescribe one that is safe. Many antibiotics are absolutely safe in pregnancy and will not adversely affect your baby.

Doctor, I am 19 years old, I have been experiencing intense pain during my periods for as long as I can remember. The pain is so bad that I am forced to take a cyclopam on the first or sometimes second day also. Is this going to have any long term effects? Should I continue doing so?

Pain, that is, primary dysmenorrhea is quite common. Usually this type of period pain does not have any long standing problems. Normally, future fertility issues do not occur with primary dysmenorrhea. Secondary dysmenorrhea usually has some cause like endometriosis, fibroids, long term use of intrauterine devices and/or pelvic infection or inflammation. This type of period pain may have longstanding fertility issues in the future.


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Dr Mini Salunkhe

Dr Mini Salunkhe

Dr Mini Salunkhe is a senior gynaecologist practising in Pune for over a decade. Apart from being a private practitioner, she is a consulting obstetrician and gynaecologist at Inamdar Hospital. Dr Salunkhe addresses reader queries every Friday on Pune365.
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