Medication safety during pregnancy

What is safe to take, and what to avoid

If you are expecting, you might be confused about which medications (if any) are safe to take during your pregnancy. If you have a head cold, you are probably looking for some relief, but wondering what is safe to take.  There are some medications that can negatively affect your baby and cause birth defects so be sure to always do your research. Here we will discuss which types of medication are generally OK to take during pregnancy, and which ones you should definitely avoid.
What is okay
What common medications and supplements are safe to take during pregnancy? Here is a list of common medications that are always safe to use:
  • Tylenol
  • Benadryl
  • Saline drops or sprays
  • Claritin
  • Hydrocortisone cream
  • Caladryl cream
  • Neosporin
  • Polysporin
  • J&J
  • Bacitracin
  • Benadryl creams
  • Colace
  • Metamucil
Prenatal vitamins and most herbal supplements are harmless to take throughout pregnancy. When able, use single-ingredient medications that target a specific ailment, instead of multi-symptom remedies.
Natural remedies
If possible, always use non-medicated remedies to relieve pain or discomfort:
  • Elevate your head during a cold
  • Eat hot chicken soup
  • Prop up your feet
  • Take a bath
  • Use a humidifier
  • Get plenty of rest
  • Drink plenty of fluids
  • Eat a healthy diet
Also, try acupuncture and or go to the chiropractor to help with physical pain, especially back discomfort. Ginger root and Vitamin B6, as well as the syrup from canned fruit have been known to help with nausea during pregnancy.
What to avoid
There are a number of supplements that have been found to harm your baby and should always be avoided during pregnancy. Always check with your doctor before taking over-the-counter medications or prescribed drugs for any kind of ailment or head cold. Some of the most common medications to avoid include:
  • Arbor vitae
  • Cascara
  • Cotton root bark
  • Ginseng
  • Golden seal
  • Juniper
  • Licorice
  • Rue
  • Sage
  • Slippery root
  • White peony
  • Wormwood
  • Yarrow
  • Vitamin A (in large doses)
Aspirin and ibuprofen are also not safe during pregnancy, make sure to remember avoid these every day medications!
What to do next
Although there are many medications and supplements that are safe to take during pregnancy, it is important to always ask your doctor or check before taking any medication for a head cold or for any other kind of ailment to make sure it is safe and won’t harm your baby. If you are prescribed medication during pregnancy, make sure whoever is prescribing the medication knows you are pregnant. If you are taking certain medications before pregnancy, check with your doctor to make sure it is safe to continue with the prescription through pregnancy. Even if you are taking natural supplements, be sure to inquire with your doctor that they won’t have any affects on the baby.
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Categories: Health, Infant Health

Sarah Butler, Amanda Maynes

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