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Can a pregnant woman take melatonin supplament to help with sleep?

Can a pregnant woman take melatonin supplament to help with sleep?

Yes: Melatonin is a hormone that is produced naturally by the pineal gland in the back of the brain. It is produced when night falls and is related to circadian (about 24 hours) rhythm. If you are not producing the natural melatonin, the pills are not as good. ...Read more

Dr. Shari Jackson
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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more


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Is melatonin safe to take during pregnancy?

Is melatonin safe to take during pregnancy?

No!: Melatonin supplementation should be avoided in women who are pregnant or attempting to become pregnant, based on possible hormonal effects. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take melatonin while pregnant?

Is it safe to take melatonin while pregnant?

Not considered safe: Authorities widely caution against it saying it "may increase risk of developmental disorders." no one knows for sure becuase no one gives meds to pregnant women to see what happens but it is best to not take any chances. Homeopathic remedies, relaxation techniques and the Amino Acid glycine are safe alternatives. See http://www.Wisegeek.Com/is-it-safe-to-take-melatonin-in-pregnancy.Htm#. ...Read more

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Is it possible for me to take a 1mg of melatonin while 5 weeks pregnant?

Is it possible for me to take a 1mg of melatonin while 5 weeks pregnant?

Safe: Low oral doses of melatonin (.5-1 mg) taken at bedtime for sleep in general are as safe as any other nutritional supplement you might take during pregnancy. Melatonin is a hormone produced in the brain which has numerous functions, but is most well-known for its sleep-inducing properties. Also consider vitamin b6 (unisom), or Benadryl (diphenhydramine) 25-50mg at bedtime for sleep. ...Read more

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I am almost 30 week pregnant can I take melatonin and Benadryl (diphenhydramine) together?

I am almost 30 week pregnant can I take melatonin and Benadryl (diphenhydramine) together?

Possibly no: Although Benadryl (diphenhydramine) and melatonin are ordinarily safe to take together, and Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is usually safe to take during pregnancy, melatonin is probably not. Melatonin is a natural hormone and the effects of the larger amounts found in supplements on the developing baby is unknown. Discuss the Benadryl (diphenhydramine) with you obstetrician. ...Read more

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Is melatonin safe to take during pregnancy? if not, are there any sleep aids that are safe?

Melatonin: Unless you really need it I would not recommend Melatonin during your pregnancy.

That said, a phone call to your obstetrician will clarify this for you. ...Read more

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I am 4 wks pregnant can i take melatonin or Valerian root to help me sleep? Exercise isnt helpin still so restless suggestion if not able to take?

I am 4 wks pregnant can i take melatonin or Valerian root to help me sleep? Exercise isnt helpin still so restless suggestion if not able to take?

Decaf tea/ warm milk: hello Willie,

during the 1st trimester, I would avoid all things that were not prescribed by a physician. These herbs are not regulated by the FDA and therefore the doses are not thought to be standard from pill to pill. Also we are not sure about drug interaction or effects on the fetus at this critical time in the life of your baby. all the organs are forming right now. Drink warm milk . ...Read more

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Is it safe to take melatonin to help me sleep in the 1st trimester of pregnancy?

Try excellent sleep: Hygiene first. Retire & rise same time each day. Keep bedroom dark & cool & use only for sex & sleep. Turn off tv. No naps. Exercise regularly but not in late evening. No caffeine for 6 hrs prior to sleep & no alcohol or tobacco. Keep dinner moderate sized & finish at least 2 to 3 hrs before sleep. Can try warm milk, along w light reading, warm bath or lavender scent. ...Read more

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Can taking melatonin be ok if pregnant?

Not recommended: Melatonin is not categorized by the fda and so currently has no such listing, but studies have shown that high level of melatonin during pregnancy may increase of developmental disorders. As a result, it is not advisable to take during pregnancy. If you have much problems with insomnia, please consult doc for eval/treatment. Good luck. ...Read more

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I am pregnant. My question is will my melatonin at bedtime hurt my baby?

Not likely: I am unaware of any negative effect on the fetus from maternal use of melatonin. Use it in moderation. ...Read more

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Does taking melatonin after you getting pregnant?

Safe: Hi, Thank you for your question.

Melatonin should be safe during pregnancy based on animal studies under 3mg. However, the ideal way would be to improve your sleep hygiene.

Hope that helps.
Dr. M ...Read more

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Is taking one mg of melatonin sleep aid before bed every night harmful to my baby if I'm pregnant?

No studies have been: published on safety & efficacy of Melatonin in pregnancy. Please consult your OB- GYN. It can conceivably ( pun intended) interfere with fertility. ...Read more

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I forgot I took melatonin then took zquill. I'm 37 weeks pregnant should I worry or go to the hospital?

No: There is no particular concern, so no need to go to the hospital. However, it is probably best to be taking as little as possible when you go into labor. ...Read more

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I was reading online that melatonin effects ovulation in a woman is this true?I ask because i take over-the-counter melatonin and i just wanna know

Reports confusing: Yes, there are confusing reports, melatonin sold as food supplement , escaped the vigilant fda eye, with normal secretion is a internal clock , maintain daily circadian rhythm , stimulates fsh, lh there by help ovulation, with exogenous administration , there is not enough scientific evidence , due to financial benefits quacks are pushing by adding from cookies , soft drinks and in everything. ...Read more

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Can Melatonin 1mg be taken with Vimpat (lacosamide) 50mg and Rispadone 0.5MG ? female is 22. and takes vimpat (lacosamide) at night 10:30 pm. thank you

No problem: melatonin at 1 milligram is an extremely low dose. May not do anything anyway. Even 5 milligram should not cause problems. ...Read more

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Is it dangerous to overdose on melatonin? What happens if overdose? How much at once is considered overdose for a 95lb Female? How much should I take?

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Is it dangerous to overdose on melatonin? What happens if overdose? How much at once is considered overdose for a 95lb Female? How much should I take?

Melatonin: Anything is dangerous in overdose. Before you take too much of anything, talk to your doctor or counselor. If you are asking how much to take for insomnia, usually 3-5 mg. Melatonin right before bed is sufficient. ...Read more

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How many tablets of 3 milligrams of melatonin should 133 lbs woman take ?

How many tablets of 3 milligrams of melatonin should 133 lbs woman take ?

One: Just one 3mg tablet before bedtime. This seems to be the dosage most widely available, but it is much greater than physiologic as it is. ...Read more

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How much melatonin is safe to take? My prescription sleep pill is too strong but melatonin is too weak. I usually take 6mg. 170lb, 16, female.

How much melatonin is safe to take? My prescription sleep pill is too strong but melatonin is too weak. I usually take 6mg. 170lb, 16, female.

Melatonin: does not work for everyone. 6 mg is the standard dose. You can try 9 mg for a few days. Let you psychiatrist know you are having insomnia. They may want to make an adjustment in your medication. Read about good sleep hygiene if you have not already done so. ...Read more

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How much is too much melatonin to take for a trip?

Melatonin: Since there is no established dose for melatonin, it is recommended to start low (0.3 mg) & work up to 5 mg, taken usually 30 - 60 minutes before bedtime. Potential side effects are nausea/vomiting, headache, irritability. If morning drowsiness occurs, reduce dose or take earlier before bedtime. Choose reliable manufacturer since ingredient quality may vary (not regulated by govt). ...Read more

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Is it actually healthy for a teen to take melatonin?

Is it actually healthy for a teen to take melatonin?

Yes: As a sleep aid, it appears to be safe.With no significant side effects. ...Read more

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I can't sleep. Should i take a melatonin?

I can't sleep. Should i take a melatonin?

Melatonin can be : Effective for difficulty sleeping. Are you using good sleep hygiene? Retire ; rise same time each day. Keep bedroom dark ; cool ; use only for sex ; sleep. Turn off tv. No naps. Exercise regularly but not in late evening. No caffeine for 6 hrs ; no alcohol or tobacco w/i 2 hrs of sleep. Keep dinner moderate sized ; finish at least 2 to 3 hrs before sleep. Try warm milk, chamomile tea or melatonin. ...Read more

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What to take for melatonin-caused headaches?

Don't take melatonin: I'm more of the club that if a med is causing a side effect that is troublesome look for a different med rather than covering up a side effect with another pill. You may be able to try a lower dose or brand of melatonin. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Melatonin (Definition)

Melatonin_is a hormone that helps regulate sleep. Some studies suggest that there is abnormal melatonin production in children with autism and other developmental disorders. Several studies suggest that melatonin may be useful for improving sleep, if ...Read more