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A common pain reliever, acetaminophen, is showing up in a new study to be connected to ADHD behavior issues in children.

The study, done in Denmark, shows that when pregnant women uses the pain reliever for at least 20 weeks, their children have a 50% increased risk of receiving medicine to treat ADHD

Researchers looked at data from more than 64,000 children.

Tracey Ganas, mother of two, said she avoided taking any kind of medicine while she was pregnant.

"I tried to just kind of deal with it, without taking anything," said Ganas.

She said she also regularly saw a chiropractor, helping to ease her headaches.

"I usually would let the pain go," said Ganas. "I'm kind of weary of taking any kind of medication when I was pregnant with both of my kids, as well as nursing."

A local OB/GYN, Dr. Maurus said tension headaches are very common during pregnancy and he says Tylenol is still safest option for pain relief, if you need it. 

"If the headache isn't severe, don't take any medicine for it," said Dr. Maurus. "In fact in pregnancy, very severe headache needs to be reported to your doctor to discuss what is causing it."

Dr. Maurus said drug alternatives to Tylenol have far stronger concerns. Aspirin can cause bleeding problems and Motrin can cause growth issues with the baby, during pregnancy.
      
"If their blood pressure is normal and they're willing to just put up with it, get more sleep, have your husband massage your neck," said Dr. Maurus.

One of his patients, Bobbie Wingerter who is 30 weeks pregnant said she does something very similar.

"I think about Lamaze class I took many years ago with my first children and I sit in breathe and relax and think positive thoughts," said Wingerter.

 

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