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what medicine can i take when pregnant?

know what medicines and drugs during pregnancy you can take

You’re probably already feeling queasy, achy and a tad delicate – throw a headache into the mix and it’s no fun. Knowing what medicine in pregnancy is safe to take is a concern for all mums-to-be. Before you reach for an over-the-counter remedy, check with your GP.

can i take paracetamol?

Paracetamol is generally thought to be safe to take throughout your pregnancy for things like colds and headaches. It should only be used short term and shouldn’t be combined with anything else like caffeine. Always read the box before you take it and check with your GP if you have worries.

what about ibuprofen?

If you've been wondering what painkillers can I take when pregnant, this is one to keep off your list. Ibuprofen should be avoided throughout pregnancy, especially during your final trimester. If you’re in pain, see your GP. They’ll weigh up the possible benefits to you against the risk to your baby and let you know what the safest solution should be.

hello morning sickness

Ah, morning sickness – that not-so-lovely reminder your new addition is on the way. Some women find they don’t get morning sickness at all, while others suffer from it badly. Unfortunately, there’s no quick fix and doctors will rarely recommend treatment unless there’s cause for concern.

There are a few things you can do to relieve the symptoms:

  • get plenty of rest
  • eat dry toast or a plain biscuit
  • eat small meals frequently
  • eat cold food
  • wear comfy clothes without tight waistbands

feeling snotty and grotty

Pregnancy can leave you feeling run down and a little worse for wear. When you get a cold, you can feel a bit miserable. The best thing to do is try to soldier on without medicine, though the NHS does recommend taking paracetamol for the fever.

If you think you need a cough medicine when pregnant, ask your GP to recommend one that’s safe. It's thought cough mixtures don't do much good anyway, so try a honey, hot water and lemon mix as an alternative. Inhale menthol to take away the discomfort of blocked noses.

all blocked up

Constipation is up there with morning sickness as another joy of pregnancy. Thankfully, you should be able to relieve the symptoms without drugs. Add more fibre to your diet like wholegrain cereal and breads. If you’re really suffering, speak to your GP for a safe solution.

suffering from heartburn?

Lots of women suffer from heartburn and indigestion during pregnancy. Your growing bump is crowding your stomach, forcing acid up. Try elevating your head and sleeping with extra pillows as an alternative to medicines.

speak to your doctor

Most illnesses during this special time can be solved without any need for medicine in pregnancy. Sometimes it’s just about putting your feet up and giving yourself a rest when you need one. However, if you are struggling and you do need pain or sickness relief, speak to your GP who will be able to give you a safe treatment.