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Does eating of slate pencils cause any harm to fetus during pregnancy?

Hi, i have a bad habbit of eating slate pencils and i was very much sure that i would anyway not get pregnant this month as we did not have a proper sexual contact this month except on the 4th day of my mensus. But now i am worried a bit because my date is getting delayed and if i am pregnant, does the slate pencils that i ate, affect my fetus? Also i was not at all well yesterday and so had a tablet called Aceclofenac & Paracetamol. Hence will these two affect my fetus if at all i am pregnant?
Wed, 21 Oct 2015
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Hi,
It is very unlikely that you are pregnant as the first week after menses is usually safe period. But even if you were pregant the slate pencils or aceclofenac or paracetomol will not affect your baby.
This habit of yours need to be evaluated.
You may be having anemia /low haemoglobin because of it.
I would advise you to get your haemoglobin checked and if found to be anemic start iron tablets .
Try to get out of this habit which you yourself have realized that it is not good.
Hope this helps.
Regards
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