Antibiotic drugs can be given to pregnant women before they undergo Cesarean operations, according to the new recommendation by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
Till now, antibiotics are never encouraged to be given to pregnant women as a prophylactic because of the fear that these anti-infective medicines could reach the fetal baby by crossing the placental barrier. Exposure to antibiotics could make way for infections due to drug-resistant strains of bacteria.
Ameriacn gynecs now suggest that antibiotics should be given to all pregnant women undergoing Cesarean sessions as the drugs could cut down the chances of infections following surgery.
Infection occurs in 10 to 40 percent of women who have operation and it is the most common complication of Cesarean delivery.
The infection rate in normal vaginal delivery is very small — 1 percent to 3 percent.
“Based on the latest data, prophylactic antibiotics given to pregnant women before a cesarean significantly reduce maternal infection and do not appear to harm newborns,” Dr. William H. Barth, Jr., chair of the ACOG’s Committee on Obstetric Practice, said in a college news release.
“We’re recommending that all women who undergo cesarean get a preventive course of antibiotics before the surgery starts. Ideally, this should happen within 60 minutes of surgery,” he added.
Antibiotics should be administered as soon as possible to women who require an emergency Cesarean should be given, according to the new recommendation which will be published in the September issue of the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology.