The Must Knows When Sick And Pregnanct
There is nothing worse than being pregnant and being sick. You can try your best to avoid germs, but pregnant women do get colds, it's inevitable. When you're sick and pregnant, it can be hard to know what to take to ease your discomfort. Knowing what is acceptable to take can help you reduce symptoms so you can feel better faster.
Fever and Body Aches
Fevers aren't just uncomfortable when you are pregnant, studies have shown that fevers higher than 101 degrees in women and animals that last longer than 24 hours can cause birth defects. To reduce fevers when you are pregnant, you can take acetaminophen, which studies have shown is safe to take while pregnant.
Go into the cough and cold isle of any store and you will be overwhelmed with all the options. In general, when you are pregnant it is best to take the medicine that has the least amount of ingredients. You want to avoid any cough medicines that contain alcohol, and instead have guaifenesin or dextromethorphan. You can also use Vicks Vaporub.
There is nothing worse than being stuffed up, but there aren’t many medicines you can take to decongest. Use saline spray to irrigate your nasal passages and flush your stuffy nose. You can also use aromatherapy to decongest your stuffy nose and vapor tablets that dissolve when you are in the shower can help clear out your stuffy nose as well. Having a humidifier can also help congestion by keeping things moist and fluid.
Taking medicine when you are pregnant can cause a lot of stress and worry. When in doubt, contact your doctor. OB/GYN doctors are used to fielding questions about medicines and pregnancy so you can be assured you won’t be a bother.
- Dan Canfield