In seasons when we are more vulnerable to colds and flu due to the changing temperature, it is unavoidable sometimes to feel discomfort and get affected even if we intend to be careful. In particular, pregnant women who are going through a lot of physical changes, may have a higher chance of catching a cold.
Most pregnant worry about the influence of the medication on the baby and are suspicious about the medication that are available for pregnant women.
Therefore, let’s know the relationship between your medicine and the baby so that you can take it properly even during pregnancy.
- Drugs that cannot be taken during pregnancy and how to choose safe over-the-counter drugs
- Avoid pregnancy contraindications
- For over-the-counter drugs, choose second-class drugs
- When high fever continues
- When coughing continues
- When diarrhea and constipation continue
- People with chronic illness
- Try not to rely on medicine – measures for early symptoms of cold
Drugs that cannot be taken during pregnancy and how to choose safe over-the-counter drugs
Some types of medicine that can effectively lower fever, relieve pain and other symptoms, may contain ingredients that can cause side effects, deformity of the baby, and miscarriage.
Therefore, if you feel any signs of a cold, it is best to go to your obstetrician and/or gynecologist to have your medicine prescribed. However, if you really want to settle with over-the-counter medicines, be sure to choose the medicines with the following points in mind.
Avoid pregnancy contraindications
A pregnancy contraindication drug is a drug that a company prohibits from being taken by pregnant women, as it is likely to cause effects if taken during pregnancy. Aspirin contained in painkillers and indomethacin used for moistening etc. are some that is best avoided during pregnancy.
However, it does not mean that effects will always occur, and the degree of the effect also changes depending on the time, period of pregnancy, and the amount taken. If you happen to be pregnant and took medicine, consult with your doctor.
If you are not sure whether you can take the pills or not, it’s always better to see your doctor, especially during the pregnancy.
For over-the-counter drugs, choose second-class drugs
The medicines available at pharmacies are less effective than those prescribed at the hospital. Above all, if it is a store managed by a pharmacist or a registered seller, you can purchase “Type 2 medicines” that can be purchased even in the absence of the pharmacist. However, keep in mind that the baby’s organs and body will be formed early in the pregnancy.
The first thing is to inform the pharmacist in the drugstore about your pregnancy and have them choose a medicine for you. In addition, there are many who claim good effects with herbs or herbal medicine. However, some may promote contraction of the uterus. It is always best to consult a specialist or use it after thoroughly understanding the effects.
When high fever continues
The temperature of the amniotic fluid also rises as the mother’s temperature rises, and the heart rate of the baby also rises. In addition, if the fever is caused by infection there is concern that viruses and bacteria will be transferred to the baby.
When coughing continues
If you have cough, you may be stressed if you cough frequently, which may result in a miscarriage. If you have asthma, your baby may not have enough oxygen due to seizures.
When diarrhea and constipation continue
The intestines can stimulate the uterus and cause contraction and tension. In addition, the mother’s appetite may decline and may not be able to eat food, and the baby may not have enough nutrition.
People with chronic illness
If you stop taking your medicine and your chronic illness worsens, you may need a lot of medicine for the treatment.
If the symptoms are mild, you may take a rest without taking any medicine, but if it is accompanied by pain or if symptoms last more than 3 days, you can visit your doctor in order to take medication safely during pregnancy. So let’s take the medicine as prescribed.
Try not to rely on medicine – measures for early symptoms of cold
Because resistance and immunity may decline during pregnancy, you may have to endure colds much longer once you catch it. Therefore, do not leave the symptoms as is and think that “I will recover in a while”.
Make sure to take measures in the early stages and cure it early. There is no special treatment just because you are pregnant, and you can use the same general measures like taking vitamin C and resting well. However, during pregnancy, you may not be able to eat as much you like because of the morning sickness and you may be sensitive, so it is necessary to devise ways to heal yourself in accordance with your physical condition.
・ Thorough hand-washing. Don’t forget to wear a mask when you go out.
・ Take vitamin C (Do not overdose. For recommended dosage for pregnant women, click here.)
・ Do allow your body to get chills. Also recommended is to take food during meals, like ginger, that warm the body
from the core
・ Take nutrition and water well. If you do not have an appetite, take in small portions.
・ Make time to rest well
In addition, it is also important to follow a regular schedule and get a good night’s sleep, in order to build and maintain physical fitness and prevent colds.
It is best to learn as much as you can about the state of your health and pregnancy so you do not worry unnecessarily if you do catch a cold or flu. Symptoms are best prevented and they should be cured as early as possible. But if you feel anxious when you start to feel the beginning of a cold or flu, go visit your doctor and rely on the advice of experts before taking medication.