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Are antibiotics safe for a bacterial infection during pregnancy?

Antibiotics are seldom a risk during pregnancy. A doctor may consider the type of antibiotic, the duration of the course of antibiotics, and the stage of the pregnancy when prescribing an antibiotic. Common antibiotics that are considered safe for pregnant women include amoxicillin, clindamycin, erythromycin, ampicillin, and penicillin. Antibiotics to avoid during pregnancy include tetracycline, minocycline, and doxycycline. These drugs may damage a woman's liver, cause birth defects, and discolor the teeth of the developing fetus.

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