Thursday, August 1, 2013

Some Direction for Pregnant Women with Colds: The OK Drugs

I figure I'd post this on here in hopes that, someday, some pregnant woman suffering with cold symptoms will stumble across here and know what meds she can take without damaging any spawn growing amidst her insides.

Me and a nurse had a chat. Here's what's safe:

  • Plain Sudafed (have to ask the pharmacist for it, but you don't need a prescription)
  • Benadryl
  • Regular or extra strength Tylenol 
  • Claritin
  • Saline nasal spray
  • Any cough drop
  • Vicks Vapor Rub
  • Unisom (You know, since you can't dope up on Nyquil anymore.)

I was actually really surprised that I have as many options as that (yes, I have a cold. Wee). I do miss IB Profen, though.

I did ask about Zicam ahead of time, but it's a class C drug--basically no one is sure if it will harm the fetus or not, so it's best just to avoid it. Too bad. Zicam was always #1 in my arsenal.

Having a husband who lets you boss him around and who responds to your bell smartphone app helps a lot, too. :)


  1. Glad there are so many medicines you can take. And you are so lucky to have hubby who takes care of you so well. Can he give my husband lessons?

  2. Sorry to hear about the cold... always a misery! It's interesting how different doctors offer different opinions about what's safe to take. Our two daughters were both told nothing is a sure thing and if they want to be safe, don't take anything. That's hard advice when you're feeling miserable.

    Hope you're feeling better and will soon be digging back into that revision again.

  3. Sucky that you have a cold - but good that you have a list of safe drugs! I always take EmergenC, which is just a big dose of Vit C and other vitamins. I imagine it's fine for growing babes... it just boosts your own immune system, kinda like Zicam.

  4. Hope you feel better soon. Have a great weekend and rest up! :)

  5. I agree, I thought there were far fewer options available.

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    1. I was told by my nurse that Robitussin is okay, too, though you should cross reference it, as doctors and nurses sometimes disagree, like you said. Also, I always just cheat and use the GOOD nasal spray (with the hydrochloric acid). Saline stuff does diddly squat. Using the netti pot really helps, too, if your congestion isn't severe.

      Hope you feel better soon, sis!


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