Pregnancy is a time to
take extra caution when it comes to medications as they can have risks of
harming your baby. Learn about the risks associated with taking
over-the-counter medicines during
Ideally, when you are
pregnant, you must avoid all sorts of medications to keep the risks of harming
your baby at bay. Again, it becomes very difficult to stop all medications if
you are suffering from a chronic or acute disease.
medications cross the placenta, enter the baby's blood stream and are harmful
to the baby. Therefore, it is very important to consult your medical
practitioner before taking any medicines, including innocuous painkiller,
Taking Over-the-Counter (OTC) Medicines
suggest avoiding the over the counter medications and those labelled as
"harmful" during pregnancy to ensure a healthy
pregnancy. Over the counter medications (OTC) such as aspirin are
known to increase risks of foetal bleeding. Whether you need medications for
diabetes, asthma, infections, headaches or cold, it is always better to avoid
these OTC drugs and consult your obstetrician so that he or she can prescribe
the medicines which are safe during
How to Avoid Taking Medicines during
Here are few remedies which
you can follow to avoid taking medicines for health ailments during
You can try some of the non-drug measures such as
exercises, meditation, gentle massage, a warm shower or a brisk walk. These can
help reduce your headache and stress. Again, if you have cold, steam inhalation
or considering a bowl of hot chicken soup can do wonders.
is important to avoid multi symptom allergy and cold
Reading labels is a must. Ingredients like
caffeine and alcohol can appear in some of the most unexpected places. CVS
Aspirin-Free Tension Headache
for example does not contain aspirin, but has caffeine in it. However, to be on
a safer side, you must never take any medicine without consulting your
Why Some Medications are
Harmful for the Growing Foetus
need to be very careful particularly in the first
few months of your pregnancy. This is the time when the foetus
remains highly vulnerable. Any chemical that passes into the embryo through
your blood stream can prove to be exceptionally dangerous for the baby growing
Pregnancy is one such time when you cannot take
chances and need to be extra careful. Medications that have side effects when
taken by adults can prove to be fatal for the foetus. Potentially harmful
medications can even slow down the process of development in a baby. In extreme
cases you cannot rule out the possibilities of malformations as
You should opt for medical treatment only when it
tends to get life threatening or when your child's health seems to be in danger.
Medications can be continued only with permission from your doctor. If you are
thinking of self
treatment, it is a complete "no-no" at this
Here are lists of
FDA’s pregnancy drugs.
Prenatal vitamins included in this category do not have any evidence of foetal
risk. However, your doctor shall prescribe the right dose.
Even though there have been no experiments on human foetus, medicines falling
under this category are not known to pose any risk to animal
Category C: There is no adequate
information about how safe these medicines are on human or animal foetus. There
are no data available on any adverse effects. However, most of the medications
that pregnant women use (as prescribed by obstetrician) are categorised under
There are evidences of foetal risk in the medicines included in this category.
However, the benefits are known to outweigh the associated risks.
Medicines in this category are said to be potentially dangerous for the foetus.
When you think of taking an over the counter medicine, it is important to know
the category into which it falls.
As discussed above, it is always
better to not go for non-medical techniques of relaxation when you have any
discomforts. Unless absolutely necessary, it will be wise to stay away from any
sorts of medication in course of your pregnancy and breastfeeding. Since you
will want nothing but the best for the little life developing inside, it is
worth taking the pain and always report to your obstetrician if you are coping
with any discomfort. Your obstetrician is the best person to help you cope with
the aches and pains of pregnancy with an
Which medications can pregnant
women take safely? What are risks associated with taking over-the-counter
medicines during pregnancy? What are alternatives to medicines for common
problems during pregnancy? Discuss
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