Can you take medicine during pregnancy?
As a newly pregnant woman, you’ve no doubt heard from plenty of other women that you can’t “take anything” when you’re pregnant.
So when you get congested, have a cold, or indigestion, you probably figure you have to just deal with it. Even worse, if you feel exceptionally sad or anxious, you may feel that there’s just nothing you can do.
Well, your friends are both right and wrong. As pregnant women, in any trimester, what we take during pregnancy may affect our babies. But there are medications that doctors have determined are safe. And there are some medications that, though not the best for baby, will make for a happier, more sane mother.
The point is that you need to tell your doctor how you’re feeling. Don’t suffer in silence. Your doctor may indeed say there’s nothing that can be done, but you may find out there are some treatments that can safely help.
When I was pregnant, I was extremely congested. To top it all off, I got a cold. The congestion became unbearable, and no “natural” remedy worked. I suffered in silence, until the inability to breathe through my nose drove me crazy. Literally.
I drove myself to the pyschiatric ER, and they finally gave me something to help me breathe. My options? I would probably have had more severe panic attacks and possibly harmed myself and the baby, or they could prescribe me something to help me breathe. The choice was obvious.
Don’t let it get that bad.
Don’t assume your problem is nothing major, and don’t assume you have to be miserable just because you’re pregnant. If you’re having extreme sadness or anxiety, don’t assume it’s just all in your head.
Tell your doctor whatever ails you.
Ask for help if you think you need it. And change doctors if you’re not getting the help you need. You are the vessel for your baby. If you aren’t as comfortable as is safely possible, you and your baby may suffer.
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