Anything that a pregnant woman puts into her body has the potential to affect her baby. Pregnant women are susceptible to the same common medical issues as anyone else. It is not uncommon for expectant mothers to encounter problems with a variety of minor complaints like heartburn. You should always consult your prenatal care provider starting any medication.
The go-to pain reliever for pregnant women is acetaminophen. Tylenol are considered safe for most pregnant women as long as dosing instructions are followed. You should avoid other common OTC painkillers like ibuprofen and naproxen due to potential pregnancy complications.
Fiber supplements and milk of magnesia carry no known harmful side effects to pregnant women or their babies. If you are suffering from nausea, there are also safe laxative rectal suppositories available. If these efforts are not enough, you can consider gentle OTC laxatives with the blessing of your OB-GYN. Be certain you are following the dosing instructions on the label and do not exceed the recommended dosage.
Stress may also contribute to this issue. There are several over the counter medications during pregnancy that may help with this discomfort. Chewable antacids such as Tums, or a liquid option like Maalox. Famotidine (Pepcid) also works well for many women.
Colds and Allergies
Pregnancy does not provide you with immunity against the common cold and seasonal or environmental allergies. The good news is that the majority of OTC cold and allergy remedies are safe to use during your pregnancy. It is also a good idea to monitor your blood pressure at home while you are on these medications.
They may recommend an OTC cream like Monistat, or they might provide a prescription if they believe the situation warrants. When taking any medication during pregnancy, be on the safe side.
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