Headaches, nausea, stuffy nose, indigestion are a few common complains that you might face during pregnancy. We are used to taking over the counter drugs for these common problems. However, while you are pregnant you should be extremely careful about the medicines, vitamins, supplements, and herbal medicines you take. Most medicines have side effects but there are a few that one must definitely avoid during pregnancy.
- During pregnancy, headaches, migraines and back pain are very common. Keeping yourself hydrated, resting well and eating correct food takes care of most of the problems. Painkillers with aspirin, acetaminophen, and ibuprofen are not allowed. If the pain persists its best to talk to your doctor and take only prescribed medication.
- It is best to keep away from things that might cause allergies. Keeping your house dust free, cleaning the filters of the air conditioners, using clean sheets and towels etc. can be helpful. Most antihistamines are not safe to consume during pregnancy.
- Nasal decongestants. When you are pregnant, the increase in the estrogen causes the swelling in the membrane and also produces more mucus, which results in nasal decongestion. Taking steam with a few drops of eucalyptus oil helps. Most of the medical decongestants are not allowed.
- Anti- fungal. If you have any yeast infection during this period it is best to consult your gynecologist before applying any ointment or taking any pills.
- Dermatological problems. Due to the hormonal changes in the body, one may face skin problems like acne, pigmentation etc. Using home remedies like turmeric and gram flour etc. is acceptable. Don’t use creams and ointments without consulting your doctor.
- Antibiotics. There are only very few antibiotics that can be consumed during pregnancy. Antibiotics with Tetracycline and Streptomycin are not allowed. Talk to your doctor before starting any antibiotics.
- If you find it difficult to sleep try listening to music or getting a foot massage. Sedatives of any kind are not advisable during pregnancy.
- Antidepressants. Mood swings, depression are sometimes caused due to pregnancy. Talking to your partner, friends can be helpful. If you need antidepressants your doctor will provide you with the ones safe during pregnancy.
- Antacids or laxatives. Indigestion, constipation, heartburns are some of the problems faced during pregnancy. Hot water with some lemon works wonders for constipation. Drinking cold milk helps in heartburns. If home remedies don’t work, ask your doctor for some medication.
- Nicotine patches and gum. They are not recommended during pregnancy.
- Herbal remedies. Pregnant women should avoid herbs that affect hormone levels and induce uterine contractions like borage, dong quai, licorice, cohosh, mistletoe, myrrh, sage, turmeric and vitex, ephedra, fenugreek and ginseng.
There are many alternatives to medication that show ‘Please consult a doctor before taking any medication during pregnancy’