Antibiotics were a wonderful and life-saving invention, but they can come with their own set of problems. A new study, published in the International Journal of Obesity, has found that antibiotic use during the second and third trimesters of a woman’s pregnancy can result in a significantly increased risk of childhood obesity. 486 women were surveyed. The study found those who used antibiotics in the latter part of their pregnancy had children with an 84% higher chance of childhood obesity. This was after accounting for all other factors. Igor Cornelsen points out that the study also found that children that were born through C-sections had a 46% higher chance of obesity.
Of course, many women may be forced to use antibiotics to combat infections that could become serious. Sometimes the situation comes down to the lesser of two evils. However any medication during pregnancy should be undertaken with extreme caution. The effects of taking these medications can have long-term consequences on a child.