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Doctor insights on: Is It Safe To Take Medications That Contain Alcohol During Pregnancy

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Is it safe to take medications that contain alcohol during pregnancy?

Is it safe to take medications that contain alcohol during pregnancy?

No: While the small amounts of alcohol contained in medications are unlikely to cause major harm unless taken in large amounts, there is no reason to use these while pregnant. Virtually all liquid medicines have alcohol-free alternatives, as do mouthwashes etc. Talk to your pharmacist to recommend brands of cold medicines that are safer in pregnancy, and/or talk to your OB provider. ...Read more

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Dr. Oscar Novick
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Is kevita sparkling probiotics drink safe during pregnancy? (Said something about small trace amounts of alcohol)

Is kevita sparkling probiotics drink safe during pregnancy? (Said something about small trace amounts of alcohol)

No problem: Kombucha typically has very small amounts of alcohol. That by itself would not be harmful to use in pregnancy. Along with that the probiotics and nutritional content of those drinks offer many health benefits. ...Read more

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Is isopropyl alcohol safe to smell during pregnancy? I'm currently 10 weeks pregnant and smelling alcohol helps me not vomit.

Is isopropyl alcohol safe to smell during pregnancy? I'm currently 10 weeks pregnant and smelling alcohol helps me not vomit.

Isopropyl alcohol: No it is not safe to inhale very much vapor from isopropyl alcohol as it is toxic to the system and could harm your pregnancy. Try small amounts of aromatic oils e.g. Aromatherapy or some herbs to get good effects. Try things like peppermint or lavender for relief as they are safe. ...Read more

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Is the use of flat iron spray w/argon oil and and lotion for stretch marks w/vite, collagen, cocoa butter safe during pregnancy? Many prods w/alcohol

Is the use of flat iron spray w/argon oil and  and lotion for stretch marks w/vite, collagen, cocoa butter safe during pregnancy? Many prods w/alcohol

Yes, however...: All of these should be quite safe. Alcohol should not be significantly absorbed into your skin, certainly not enough to harm your baby. However, some skin products do contain chemicals that can harm fetuses. Visit http://www.Ewg.Org/skindeep/ to check these products (it does mention moderate hazard of flat iron spray due to allergy potential but it has low developmental ; reproductive toxicity). ...Read more

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Is 0.0% alcohol safe in pregnancy?

Is 0.0% alcohol safe in pregnancy?

Well that depends : On what product has 0.0..?% alcohol in it. Also what type of alcohol are we talking about? Methanol, ethanol, isopropanol? And what was this replaced with? More details about the product you intend to consume and for what purpose is necessary in order to provide a meaningful answer. In general, it is best to consume no products containing any amount of ethanol during pregnancy. ...Read more

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If I drank alcohol during my pregnancy, can that cause cardiomyopathy in my child?

If I drank alcohol during my pregnancy, can that cause cardiomyopathy in my child?

Unlikely: Amoung the original children reported with fetal alcohol syndrome the heart issues were discribed as transient murmurs or vsd(hole between lower chambers).A dose relatred effect was seen in the syndrome and many of these mothers succomed to etoh disease within a year. For cardiomyopathy you are more likely looking at acquired viral infections or rare inherited metabolic disorders (with other pbs). ...Read more

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