Safe drugs in pregnancy - 02

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For digestive Problems

An enlarging fetus gradually compresses against the digestive tract of mother. That is why heartburn, constipation, and hemorrhoids are quite a common complaints in pregnancy. You should try some well-known techniques to prevent these problems. To get rid of heartburn, do not eat large meals, especially in the evening. Take small amount frequent meals. Avoid excessive fried, spicy foods. Sleeping on an incline will also allow the contents of your esophagus to move to the stomach preventing heartburn.

There are several drug options. Antacid, such as calcium carbonate is being used widely. But if further benefit is required, sucralfate can be an option. It coats and protects the stomach lining. Proton pump inhibitor especially esomiprazol is also used by some physicians during second and third trimester.

Drink plenty of water and eat fiber-rich foods to prevent constipation as well as hemorrhoids. Regulated exercise, can also be effective to keep constipation at bay. If problem still persists, consult your physician. He/she may suggest a bulk-fiber laxative. Stimulant laxatives, like castor oil has the potential to trigger labor. Glycerin can be a suitable option against hemorrhoids. Avoid hydrocortisone. It is not proven to be quite safe in pregnancy if there is systemic absorption.

Things to know about about "Alternative Therapies" in pregnancy

"Natural" does not always mean "safe" in pregnancy.

Those who want to stay away from drugs during pregnancy, here are some simple alternative therapeutic options. These are simple guidelines that are known to be safe. But you should never forget to talk it over with your doctor first before using them.

Nausea and vomiting in early pregnancy:

Ginger root, acupuncture, pyridoxine or vitamin B6 has been shown to be effective. Their doses should be adjusted according to the physician's advice. Mixed fruits, pineapples and orange slices are also helpful. These fruits contain adequate vitamins as well as relieve nausea without any adverse effect. Excessive vomiting in pregnancy (hyperemesis gravidarum) should be consulted with specialist physician to rule out unidentified causes.

Back pain:

Chiropractic techniques can be helpful to relieve simple backache.

Pain relief during labor:

Relaxation and breathing techniques has been widely used in labor. Emotional support and self-hypnosis are also useful techniques. In clinical practice epidural analgesia is frequently used now a days.

    Other simple medications considered safe in pregnancy

    Anti allergy medication:

    Diphenhydramine can be used against allergy.

    First Aid Ointment:

    Bacitracin

    Neosporin

      Medication for rashes

      Benadryl cream

      Hydrocortisone cream or ointment (precaution should be taken to prevent any systemic absorption).

        Vitamins and iron supplementation

        Prenatal vitamins (like folic acid) and iron supplementation are safe and useful in pregnancy. Folic acid is crucial for formation of nervous system of your baby. As anemia (iron deficiency anemia) is frequently encountered in pregnancy, oral iron supplementation is also frequently advocated. For other vitamins and herbal preparations, consult your physician before taking them.

        Last words:

        You are a better mom when you are selfish and practicing self-care. This is also true when you are not pregnant. Take care of your self. Your baby will automatically be taken care of. I am sure, this old fashioned technique is cheaper than any drug therapy. Good luck.

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