During pregnancy treating a simple ailment may seem complicated. You may feel under the weather but are not sure whether you should take regular over-the-counter medications.
There is no way to risk the life of your beloved child. Know about the bad medications. Simply avoid them. Do not hurt your baby.
Here is the first rule.
Does it mean you have to suffer all the time during pregnancy? Of course not. In cases you can not get by without medication, it is recommended you consult your physician to decide on different over-the-counter and prescription drugs branded as safe to take at your stage of pregnancy.
Here is an important message to the mothers.
Always consult your physician about any alternative medications or supplements you take even though it is labeled "herbal" or "natural."
Furthermore, let your physician know that you are pregnant even you think your illness is not related to pregnancy.
I get headches frequently and i am pregnant. What medications should i use ?
Headache and joint pain is a common problem in pregnancy. Simple cold compression and rest can help alleviate headaches and muscle pain. If it is not controlled, your doctor may recommend pain relieving medications like acetaminophen. In usual dose prescription it is regarded as safe during pregnancy. In resistant cases, aspirin and non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) such as ibuprofen can also be used. However try to avoid them as much as possible during near conception or in early pregnancy. There may be increased risk of birth defect or miscarriage.
I am pregnant and have a bad cough. What OTC medications should be safe to use ?
Again it is rare to pass nine months of pregnancy without cough, cold or allergy symptoms. At first take adequate rest, drink plenty of fluids favorably warm ones and use nasal spray (of normal saline). These are the best non drug approaches. Cold poses no special risks during pregnancy.
But the flu during pregnancy can be a real serious issue.
Flu vaccination is safe for both you and your baby. That is why it is safe to get one vaccine during flu season in your second or third trimester.
If you need to consider drug treatment especially after first trimester, your doctor may prescribe old fashioned yet harmless antihistamine chlorpheniramine. It has been used for many years by pregnant women and really a safe option here.
Data for the safety of new drugs (like desloratadine, loratadine) is not quite convincing.
Oxymetazoline containing nasal decongestants are also harmless because only a small amount of the drug is absorbed into your systemic circulation.
Dextromethorphan is a safe cough suppressant. Never forget to avoid products containing iodine. It may result in serious thyroid problems in your baby (hypo or hyperthyroidism).