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Are there safe medical and non-medical treatment options for muscle pain during pregnancy?

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Dr. David Fein
Preventive Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Tylenol, (acetaminophen) topical rub

Many OTC meds are safe in pregnancy, including Acetaminophen (tylenol) for muscle aches and pains.
Topical rubs and patches (ben-gay, icy-hot) are also safe, which is considered very good news in the third trimester, when back and shoulder pain can really hurt! massage and, yes, heating pads are safe in pregnancy -- even a jacuzzi, as long as the temperature does not exceed that of a warm bath.

In brief: Tylenol, (acetaminophen) topical rub

Many OTC meds are safe in pregnancy, including Acetaminophen (tylenol) for muscle aches and pains.
Topical rubs and patches (ben-gay, icy-hot) are also safe, which is considered very good news in the third trimester, when back and shoulder pain can really hurt! massage and, yes, heating pads are safe in pregnancy -- even a jacuzzi, as long as the temperature does not exceed that of a warm bath.
Dr. David Fein
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Dr. Frank Holmes
Sports Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Tylenol, (acetaminophen) massage

During most pregnancies, tylenol (acetaminophen) is considered safe, but always confirm this with your ob.
A pregnancy-safe massage can be a useful way to reduce muscle aches and pain. Short term use of an ice pack or heating pad for about 20 minutes at a time can reduce muscle pain as well. At times, physical therapy with a focus on stretching and strengthening can be a benefit.

In brief: Tylenol, (acetaminophen) massage

During most pregnancies, tylenol (acetaminophen) is considered safe, but always confirm this with your ob.
A pregnancy-safe massage can be a useful way to reduce muscle aches and pain. Short term use of an ice pack or heating pad for about 20 minutes at a time can reduce muscle pain as well. At times, physical therapy with a focus on stretching and strengthening can be a benefit.
Dr. Frank Holmes
Dr. Frank Holmes
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