Safe cold medicines while pregnant

Most women know that if possible you should avoid taking any type of medications while you are pregnant. The problem is that medications can cross through the placenta and harm the baby. There are many medications out there that we still are not sure the effects of on an unborn baby.

During the first trimester, you are the greatest risk of harming your baby by taking over the counter medications (OTC) medications because at this stage the babys organs are developing. Medications can interfere with the development process. OTC medications can interfere during the second and third trimesters as well, and so it is very important that you check with your health practitioner before using any OTC (or other) medications.

This does not mean that you have to suffer if you have a cold or cough while you are pregnant. Many natural remedies are not harmful to your baby while you are pregnant. Additionally, there are some OTC medications that your doctor may say are safe to use.

Many cough and cold medications contain a combination of several types of medications, so make sure that you know what you are taking and that each ingredient is safe before use.

The cough expectorant guaifenesin is generally thought to be safe during pregnancy. You may get the same relief from using steam inhalation with a drop or two of eucalyptus oil added.

The cough suppressant dextromethorphan has been in use for a long time and can be used for short periods at the smallest dose, but should probably be avoided during the first trimester. Lozenges containing honey or glycerol are safe options to help with coughing.

For a sore throat try gargling with salt water, drinking hot water with honey and lemon, or an occasional Tylenol with your doctors permission. If your sinuses are congested, you can try a sinus rinse or smelling essential oils to help clear that stuffy feeling.

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