MBBS, MS - Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Fellowship in Day care Gynaecological Endoscopy
22 years experience
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Laxatives will help you with constipation without causing harm.
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An upset stomach is one of the constant occurrences during your pregnancy. Constipation can be observed in almost every pregnant woman because, during this period, the natural digestion process becomes slower than the normal rate. Digestion is needed to be slow as the body tries to absorb as many nutrients as it can for the baby. For constipation, laxatives like Docusate sodium, Maalox and Metamucil are highly recommended to use. Such stool softeners will hardly take 72 hours to eliminate irregular bowel movements that too without any side effects. Maintain a diet chart rich in fibers (25-35 gms) to prevent constipation.
Which is the safe pain medication during pregnancy?
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Numerous commonplace drugs pose a life-threatening risk during pregnancy as there are no drugs which can be said 100% safe for the fetus, especially pain relievers. Pain relievers like Paracetamol (can increase the risk 16-fold), Aspirin and Naproxen, etc. are highly dangerous for using even during your first trimester. However, Tylenol or Acetaminophen is considered to be safe for you to get rid of severe and unbearable pain during pregnancy if the situation demands. Follow the prescription of your doctor regarding the dosage to the word.
Antidepressants can be used to calm depressions.
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According to recent studies, women are likely to have a rush of hormones changing emotions from time to time. Therefore, depression has become a common side-effect of pregnancy to rule out which antidepressants came into the play. Even though some antidepressants have been tagged as "safe", the doubt of health problems in fetus still persists. Prozac and Xanax are the most dangerous antidepressants causing serious consequences. Practice Prenatal Yoga or Meditation to uplift your mood.
Which Cold Medicine is safe while pregnancy
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Over the counter (OTC) cold medications such as Achromycin, Phenylephrine, Zyrtec, etc are not safe for the developing fetus. Also, the studies about these medicines are likely to be limited, hence it is wise to avoid such medicines. Dextromethorphan, on the other hand, does not pose a risk in this situation. This suppressant is capable of soothing your heavy congestion and provide the much-needed relief. It is always recommended to avoid over the counter medication during pregnancy.
It is safe for you to take illicit drugs during pregnancy.
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Illicit or social drugs include Nicotine, Cocaine, Cannabis, Opioids, etc. Needless to mention the unimaginable effects these drugs can inflict on your as well as on the unborn baby's health. Research has shown that even using such drugs once during your pregnancy can affect your childbirth. This is due to the fact that during pregnancy, such toxic substances are passed from you to your fetus by crossing the placenta and this directly hits the Central Nervous System of your baby resulting in defect childbirth or even death. Steer clear of addictive drugs especially while pregnant.