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Is It Safe To Take Steroids While Pregnant
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
Benefit > risk: Physicians, especially those treating pregnant women, weigh risks and benefits of drugs for both the woman and her baby. Steroids can have some risks such as increased bs, susceptibility to infection. Giving them too often might pose some problems for newborns also. However, most studies show that they have benefits for babies at risk of being born premature, and that is why they're given for some. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Probably safe: Zzzquil basically contains diphenhydramine (benadryl) and alcohol. Diphenhydramine is categorized as a class B drug for pregnant women (May be acceptable. Either animal studies show no risk with no available human studies, or animal studies show minor risks and human studies showed no risk.) Most class B drugs are considered relatively safe in pregnancy. With normal dosing, alcohol negligible. ...Read more
Yes: A blood thinner like Heparin is required to treat some conditions like blood clots, which can be life-threatening. It can increase bleeding so it is very important that women with these conditions see an expert (eg, perinatologist or hematologist), have an accurate diagnosis and discussion of risks and benefits of anticoagulation to mom & baby, have monitoring of their condition through pregnancy. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not so much: The ace inhibitor meds which include ramipril are considered category c (possibly safe) in the first trimester but move into category d later in pregnancy because of increased fetal & neonatal problems. Some can pass in breast milk but risk in breast feeding is considered minimal. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: Restasis is a diluted version of cyclosporine, which is a drug used to prevent organ transplant rejection. Although highly improbable that this eye-drop could ever affect your pregnancy, it would be much more prudent to use an over-the-counter artificial tears product instead. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Probably, however...: In one study of 206 women who took echinacea during pregnancy there was no evidence that it was hazardous, but I recommend avoiding all herbs and medicines if possible during the first trimester if possible to err on the side of caution. The safest treatment I know of during the first trimester is homeopathic medicine. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Pregnancy Category C: Official answer: animal reproduction studies have shown an adverse effect on the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use of the drug in pregnant women despite potential risks....In other words, you need to discuss this with your doctor. ...Read more
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
Yes: If you have a headache or some trouble sleeping, you can take tylenol (acetaminophen) pm as the package insert says. If you need to take this medication though every night, you may want to discuss the problem you are having with your obstetrician. If you are having headaches later in the pregnancy, you need your blood pressure etc checked. Tell your OB at your next visit that you are taking this med. ...Read more
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