A pregnant woman may feel all kinds of maladies in her condition, but a responsible mother would not take her child’s life at risk by taking medications that may not be safe. Here are some medications that are considered non-teratogenic or “baby-safe”, for the common ailments a mother undergoes, that might help.
Acetaminophen is an over-the-counter non-narcotic analgesic and antipyretic that is a safe alternative to Ibuprofen for the relief of pain, headache, fever and muscle aches. Beware of overdosage as this can lead to liver failure if left untreated. Most common brand names associated with Acetaminophen are Tylenol, Paracetamol and Panadol.
2. Stool softeners
Constipation can be a nuisance during pregnancy due to hormonal and dietary changes. So, if you need extra help, a stool softener is safe to use during pregnancy. You might confuse it with a stimulant laxative which is very different from a stool softener, because laxatives can result to adverse reactions you do not want to endure such as diarrhea, stomach cramping and others.
2. Saline drops or nasal sprays
If you feel you have the flu coming, saline nasal drops would be a safe relief for your stuffy nose. Most importantly, getting some sleep and relaxation and also drinking lots of liquids, is the best and non-medicinal way of treating it. A healthy diet will also help boost your immune system faster so that you are on your way to the road of recovery.
3. Calcium carbonate
Calcium carbonate is a good antacid used for indigestion, heartburn and acid indigestion. It is also a good source of calcium especially for mothers, and is actually being used as a calcium supplement not only by pregnant women but by others, who are calcium-deficient. The most common brand name is Tums, which comes in chewable tablets in various flavors and colors, too.
Kaolin is a clay that can be found in nature. It is used as to treat diarrhea, dysentery and cholera. It is also the safest and the remedy of choice for cases such as these during pregnancy because it can treat ulcers and inflammation in the large intestines. It also comes in tablet form for easy ingestion.
5. Topical Antifungals
Topical antifungals are the only recommended treatment for any fungal infections such as vaginal candidiasis, during pregnancy. Antifungals such as butoconazole, miconazole, clotrimazole, nystatin and terconazole are considered first-line therapy. Some popular brand names for these antifungals are Nizoral, Mycostatin and Terazol.
Many of these drugs may not have your full confidence, so it is still best to consult a doctor before taking or applying any of these medications. The life of an unborn child is far too precious to trifle with, but it can also be dangerous for the mother if no remedy is taken. A physician’s expert opinion may just help you decide what to do.