What Kind of Medicine Can You Take While Pregnant for A Cold

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When you are pregnant, it can be hard to know what medications are safe to take and which are dangerous. One of the most common ailments of people of any age is the common cold, but when you are pregnant, the common cold can really pack a big punch. Read on for more info on what medications are safe to take for a cold during pregnancy.

1. Allergy symptoms with a cold

For allergy symptoms such as nasal congestion, itchy, watery eyes or throat, sneezing and runny nose, there are a few different options out there that work well. Loratadine is a really great antihistamine choice for pregnant women.

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You can find it in the brand names Alavert, Claritin, Tavist ND,  and also in Triaminic Allerchews. Another option for allergy medication while pregnant is Diphenhydramine, which is the active ingredient in Benadryl. Keep in mind, however, that this medication is likely to make you drowsy.

2. Cough symptoms with a cold

One of the most helpful medications for pregnant women with cough symptoms is Guaifenesin, which is an expectorant. It comes in the brand names Hytuss, Mucinex, Naldecon Senior EX, and some versions of Robitussin.

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Dextromethorphan is another cough suppressant option which is safe for pregnant women. It comes in the brand names of Benylin Adult, Robitussin Maximum Strength Cough, Scot-Tussin DM, and also in Vicks 44 Cough Relief. Cough drops and Vicks Vapor Rub are also considered safe during pregnancy.

3. Pain symptoms with a cold

For fever, muscle aches and pains and headaches associated with a cold during pregnancy, the only truly safe option is Acetaminophen. Acetaminophen is sold under the brand name of Tylenol, and it is the most commonly doctor recommended pain reliever for women during pregnancy.

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4. Nasal congestion with a cold

For nasal congestion with a cold, women are perfectly fine to use saline nasal sprays or drops. Nasal strips are also an option for pregnant women.

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5. What to Know

Women who are pregnant should always try to avoid taking any medications at all for the first twelve weeks of their pregnancies. This is simply the best and safest option to avoid any complications with the baby, since this is a really crucial time for a baby’s organs to be developing.

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A humidifier or even a hot shower can help to alleviate some cold symptoms for pregnant women without the use of any medications, as can hot or cold packs. Hot tea with honey and lemon can also help, and of course, plenty of rest. If you ever have any questions about what you can take during your pregnancy, make sure to ask your doctor just to be on the safe side.

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Dr. Lynette Weiss, MD

Dr. Lynette Weiss is ConceiveEasy's Senior Physician and Scientific Director. She is certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and is a fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology.