Early Pregnancy Medicine – FAQ

pre pregnancy medicine

Pregnancy is a very happy and exciting time. However, this period can also make you feel a little uneasy and even a little under the weather. Such situations can leave you confused whether to take the regular over-the-counter medicines or not. However, not all medicines are safe when you are pregnant. Even a simple medicine for a headache like paracetamol can’t be termed as ‘safe’ in your pregnancy. It is always better to consult a doctor before popping any pill. You can also find out the alternatives for the medicine, like a balm instead of a tablet for a headache. Whatever you put into your body can directly have an impact on your baby’s development and growth. Each medicine works in a different way. 

So, here’s a list of few frequently asked questions that you need to be aware of before you take any medicine: 

1. What exactly should I be aware of while taking a medicine?

Though a lot of medicines may be termed as safe, yet even a small amount of it can harm your baby at times. A lot of it also has to do with the stage of your pregnancy. Always make sure to tell your doctor or pharmacist about your pregnancy before you take any new medicine.

2. Now that I’m pregnant, should I stop taking my already prescribed medicines?

No, until and unless you have spoken to a doctor, it is not safe to stop taking your already prescribed medicines. As if you stop an ongoing treatment suddenly, it might affect you and your baby negatively. Some examples of this include high blood pressure, diabetes, asthma, etc. 
 

3. Is it safe to take over-the-counter or non-prescribed medicines when pregnant?

During pregnancy, it is very common to have frequent colds, headaches, and sore throats. However, hold yourself back to not to take any pain relievers, cold and flu medicines or any other over-the-counter medicines for your baby’s safety. 
Restrain yourself from taking any non-steroidal anti-inflammatory painkillers (NSAIDs) like aspirin and ibuprofen, as they can affect your baby and/or cause complications in your pregnancy. Paracetamol is a little safer than these NSAIDs but as a safer choice always consult your doctor before taking any medicine. 

4. Are herbal supplements and vitamins safe during pregnancy? 

Not always, as they can still affect your baby and your pregnancy. Just because it is termed as natural and herbal, that doesn’t necessarily mean that its safe. 

5. Which medicines are safe to take during pregnancy?

All your prenatal vitamins and supplements are safe and essential to take during your pregnancy. However, even these need to be recommended by your doctor. 

6. During pregnancy, would I be required to take more or fewer medicines?

When you are pregnant, your heart and kidneys work faster and harder, which in turn makes the medicines pass through your body a lot faster than it normally does. The dosage differs from person to person and only a specialist will be able to help you through it in a much better way after knowing your complete history and condition. 

The bottom line being - before taking anything, whether it is a properly prescribed, over-the-counter or no-prescribed medicine, it is always better to consult and check with your doctor or specialist. 

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