Pregnancy and Medications: What’s Safe to Take?
Pregnant women often worry about taking medications while pregnant. While many medications and drugs are off-limits during pregnancy, there are several medication that are safe to take. Here is a list of over-the-counter (OTC) medications and treatments that are okay to take while pregnant.
Safe Pain Relievers
Most pregnant women experience some type of minor pain during pregnancy. Here is a list of safe pain relievers for pregnant women:
- Acetaminophen: A popular pain reliever and fever reducer, commonly known as Tylenol.
- Topical Creams: Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like Advil, Aspirin, Aleve and Ibuprofen, should not be taken during pregnancy in any form. Topical creams that include capsaicin, arnica, and menthol are considered safe during pregnancy.
Safe Cold and Flu Remedies
When you’re pregnant, it’s especially important to take precautions against colds and flu.
- Humidifier: A humidifier can help to increase the moisture in the air and can be used to treat the symptoms of the common cold.
- Saltwater Nasal Spray: Saltwater nasal spray helps relieve the symptoms of nasal congestion.
- Ginger and/or Peppermint Creations: Using a ginger or peppermint creation is an effective way to reduce the symptoms of colds and flu.
- Honey and Lemon Tea: Honey and lemon tea is a soothing remedy for both colds and flu.
Safe Allergy Treatments
Allergies can flare-up during pregnancy, but luckily there are several safe treatments for pregnant women to help alleviate symptoms:
- Antihistamines: Antihistamines such as Loratadine and Cetirizine are commonly used to treat allergic symptoms.
- Nasal Sprays: Nasal sprays such as Flonase and Nasacort are a safe way to treat nasal congestion and runny nose.
- Eye Drops: Eye drops containing sodium cromoglycate or ketotifen are used to reduce the symptoms of allergic conjunctivitis.
It is important to speak with your doctor or pharmacist before taking any medication, as not all medications and medical treatments are appropriate for pregnant women. This is especially true for prescription medications. When in doubt, always play it safe and consult your physician or pharmacist first!