Pregnant women often have to be cautious about the drugs they are using. The addition to this list is benzodiazepines. A new article has made the link the link between the risk of spontaneous abortions and increased exposure to all types of benzodiazepines in early pregnancy.
The results of the investigation were published in the JAMA Psychiatry journal. Conducted by a team of researchers from Canada, it was aimed at identifying the type of benzodiazepines that could place women in early pregnancy at risk of spontaneous abortions.
Benzodiazepines, as the name suggests, are a mix of the benzene and the diazepine rings. They are a class of psychoactive drugs which are commonly prescribed for anxiety and insomnia, and also to serve the purpose of sleeping pills in some other cases. Commonly known benzodiazepines include Xanax, valium, Serax, flurazepam, and lorazepam.
The study brings to light that all types of this drug could harm your pregnancy. It concludes that while mood swings, anxiety, and insomnia are commonly observed during pregnancy, these drugs can be avoided. Non-pharmacological alternatives should be considered.