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Dealing with Medicines during Pregnancy

Dealing with Medicines during Pregnancy

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Aches and pains are part and parcel of being pregnant. How do you deal with it? Should you reach out for that bottle of painkiller on your shelf? Or may be that natural ‘herbal decoction’ somebody has suggested. As a mother-to-be you will be concerned and confused about safety of these things.

Tuesday, September 5th, 2017

Here are some guidelines that will help you make the right decision.

When you are pregnant, you should NEVER start or stop any medication without consulting your doctor.

  • If you were taking any prescription medication before getting pregnant you must inform your doctor to check if it can be or needs to be continued.
  • Your doctor can help you weigh the risks and the benefits of taking medications during pregnancy based on your health problem. For example, you may just want to live with a stuffy nose rather than taking that common flu medicine.1 On the other hand, not treating an urinary tract infection during pregnancy can lead to long-term problems to you and your baby.
  • Prenatal vitamin and mineral supplements are safe during pregnancy and can be taken according to your doctor’s advice. However, other nutrient supplements should be discussed with doctor as these can be harmful, if taken in excess.
  • Avoid any herbal products during pregnancy. Medicines labelled as ‘natural’ can also be harmful to you and your baby.
  • If you would like to use any herbal/homoeopathy/aromatherapy treatment, make sure that you are discussing this matter with a qualified professional in the field and inform him/her that you are pregnant. Also, inform your gynaecologist about any alternative treatment that you are planning to take.

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