What Medicine can you Take When Pregnant for Colds?

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When you are pregnant, it is extremely important to take medication only under the direction of your doctor. Not only does this include over the counter medications for pain, but it also includes medication you take for things like allergies and colds. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

Before you begin taking any type of medication, make sure you talk them over with your doctor. Your doctor will be able to determine which medication will be the best option for you and which will give you the most relief. However, here are a few general rules that are normally safe to follow.

Safe Medications

There are some things you can take while you are pregnant to help treat your cold. For example, certain antihistamines are effective and safe as is guaifenesin. Guaifenesin, which is often found in cough syrup helps to loosen mucous and make it easier to cough it up. Research has shown that there is very little risk to a baby when the mother takes this while they are pregnant.

It is always best to avoid certain types of decongestants, especially when you are still in your first trimester. After you have entered your second trimester, some decongestant can be used sparingly, but you will definitely want to talk to your doctor before you start taking them.

For pain, you should avoid things like aspirin, ibuprofen, and other anti-inflammatory drugs. This is especially true during your third trimesters. However, acetaminophen is considered safe and you can take this to reduce pain and eliminate fever.

Natural Treatments

There are many natural treatments that can also help reduce the symptoms related to a cold. For example, you should always rest as much as possible when you are pregnant with a cold. However, along with this, you will need to drink as many fluids as possible.

To reduce a fever, try a cool compress or taking a lukewarm bath. Reducing the amount of clothing you are wearing or turning down the air is also helpful. To help with the aches and pain related to a cold, try some warm or cold compresses to your sore muscles. However, avoid using these for longer than 20 minutes at a time.

Taking any kind of medication while you are pregnant should definitely be done cautiously. Certain kinds of medication can give your baby a better chance of developing birth defects or could even cause you to deliver your baby prematurely. For this reason, you will want to only take the medication your doctor approves and to avoid as many medications as you can.

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Dr. Prabha Sahgal, MD
Dr. Prabha Sahgal, MD | ConceiveEasy
Dr. Prabha Sahgal MD, is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and subspecialty board certified in reproductive endocrinology and infertility. Dr. Sahgal holds a B.S. degree from MIT in molecular biology and currently serves on the ConceiveEasy board of directors.