Most Antibiotics Are Safe During Pregnancy

Washington, DC — In 2009, researchers from the National Birth Defects Prevention Study published a report suggesting that two types of commonly prescribed antibiotics used to treat urinary tract infections—nitrofurans and sulfonamides—may increase the risk of birth defects when taken during the first trimester. However, a new Committee Opinion issued today by The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (The College) suggests that these two antibiotics are still considered appropriate when there is no suitable alternative.