Medications and Pregnancy 2018-02-21T18:51:58-06:00


Medications and Pregnancy

You must be careful about what medications you are taking during pregnancy. Normally when you get a headache, you grab an Aspirin or Ibuprofen. If your stomach hurts, you take TUMS. You are not usually concerned about the side effects of these medications. You have been taking these things for so long that you do not even think about it. Now that you are pregnant, you have to think about everything. You cannot just take any medication. Whatever you allow into your system will have an effect on the baby.

If you take the time to look at the side effects of some of those medicines you take now, you probably will not take them. Some medications have a warning that you should not take them while pregnant. If you have other medical conditions, your doctors may have to adjust the medications you are taking. Serious health conditions like cancer cannot be treated during pregnancy. The chemotherapy will kill the child. If you decide not to get treated, you will risk your life. All these decisions are tough, but it is best to know what you should and not should take for your basic aches and pains.

When you get pregnant, your aches and pains do not go away. In some cases, they increase. Now when you have these aches and pains, you must first check with your physician about what is safe to take. Through research, doctors are now able to approve the use of certain medications. Every medication given has its benefits and risk. The best thing is to make sure the benefits outweigh the risk. Not everyone has the same side effects when it comes to medications. If the doctor believes the medication is relatively safe, they will prescribe it.

What is Safe?

All vitamins are safe to take during pregnancy. The best vitamins are prenatal vitamins and folic acid. Both assist in the development of the child. Do not overdo it with the vitamins. Take only what is prescribed. Whatever the problem is, there is a medication that is pregnancy safe. Allergies do not go away just because you are pregnant. Medications like Benadryl and Claritin are safe to take. Tylenol is the best medication for headaches. Heartburn is a common problem amongst pregnant women. TUMS and Mylanta are good meds to rectify the problem. Zofran used to be the prescribed medication for nausea and vomiting. Zofran was found to have negative effects on the child. Now Emetrol and Vitamin B6 are the go-to medications. Cold and Flu can be treated with nasal drops as well as Tylenol and Sudafed. You should stay away from sustained release medications as well as multi-symptom medications. The added ingredients in these medications can have a negative effect on the child.

You may not want to take medicine at all. If that is the case, there are home remedies and other procedures that are safe to do. If you have a home remedy, make sure to run it by your physician first. There are natural ways to rid yourself of certain aches and pains. Acupuncture has been proven to help relieve nausea. Ginger root also helps and comes in pill form. Back pain can be cured by a chiropractor. Sometimes you just need to be realigned. Right before pregnancy, you may be dealing with a child that is breech. Exercise may help the baby get in the right position. To prepare for labor, it is good to learn some techniques. These techniques include breathing and relaxation. If you desire to have a natural birth, these techniques will come in handy. Many women are choosing water births instead of the traditional birth. The water may be calming and relaxing. It can ease your pain and make you feel more relaxed. You can choose to have an epidural too during pregnancy. The epidural is placed into the tailbone and relives the contractions.

What To Avoid?

Some things to avoid are essential oils. These essential oils can cause birth defects. Certain supplements in large quantities may also be harmful. You may normally take certain supplements just to stay healthy, but while pregnant, you will have to stop a few. Cotton root bark and Ginseng in a capsule will hurt the child. Vitamin A is good, but it is a vitamin that if you take too much of it, it will not only harm you but your child as well. Aleve and Advil should also be avoided. Excedrin and Nicotine should not be taken either. If you are having a migraine, you may have to let it run its course. It is tough, but all migraine medications are not good for the baby.

Medications can be taken during pregnancy. It is a matter of what medications are healthy to take. Some medications cause birth defects. Others do not have bad effects on the child. If you decide not to take medication while you are pregnant, that is perfectly fine. You can use alternative methods to help treat your problem. Before making your home remedy, speak with your physician. No matter what you decide to do, you should speak with your physician first. If the doctor does not feel comfortable with you taking a specific med, then you should not. Make sure you get all the information you can to keep your child safe.


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