Post # 1
So I am pregnant with my first so I could just be overly cautious, but I am not willing to take any type of medications during my pregnancy. Unless of course I have some type of infection, condition that could harm my baby if left untreated.
I have been very sick and even my doctor has asked me about taking a class b medication as I am sick all day every day (well I did have 2 good days a couple weeks ago). I asked if there was any harm to my baby and he said since I’m not losing weight then the baby is fine, so I chose not to. I also feel like every women around me who is pregnant or has been pregnant has suggestions of what remedies or medications to use.
Sometimes I feel like I am just overly cautious and there are so many things out there that could make my pregnancy so much easier and me less miserable. Is anyone else refusing to take anything? Or if you are taking medications have they worked and how did you decide that they were for you?
I understand medication is a personal choice that is made between to patient and the doctor and do not look down upon someone who takes something especially after consulting their doctor. I am certainly not judging anyone.
Post # 3
Personally, I’ll have no concern taking medications that my doctors feel would be safe (or that the benefits outweigh the potential risks).
I’m on anti-depressants / anti-anxiety meds for one so when that time comes, we’ll have to discuss whether it is better to keep me on them or take me off them for the pregnancy.
Post # 4
I’m not pregnant, but I think I would be overly cautious with what I take in the first trimester. After that, I would rely heavily on the advice of my doctor. If my doctor feels it’s safe, then I would take it. I have a feeling you will be a GREAT mom, but don’t be afraid to take care of yourself too. 🙂
Post # 5
@roxy821: I’m in a similar spot, though I’m very newly pregnant. I’ve already been pretty nauseous and had some killer migraines (I was on daily medication to prevent them before TTC). Darling Husband has suggested I take the Zofran I already have for migraine related nausea, but I don’t want to take it. Maybe I’ll take it later if I absolutely have to. I just get nervous because women used to take drugs like Bendectin and Thalidomide for nausea in the 60’s and 70’s and it wasn’t until later that they were linked to problems. So I don’t know… I think it’s hard to find the right balance between taking care of yourself and taking care of the baby.
Post # 6
I lost 25lbs in my first trimester, however, I was over weight to start and able to keep some food down at certain times of the day and was able to keep myself hydrated. I did not take any medications for that and my midwife agreed with my choice.
The only thing I have taken during my pregnancy is tums. There is now risk in taking them and give my baby a little more calcium.
I don’t frown upon anyone who chooses to take something during their pregnancy, but for me I chose not to. I usually don’t take meds anyways.
Post # 7
@FutureKMM-I certainly understand that and making sure you take care of yourself so you are able to take care of the baby.
@Skipper2010- It’s amazing how I already put the baby’s need and health so much ahead of my own.
@78h20- You and I sound very much alike. And all of the class B drugs that everyone claims they are safe, have never been tested in humans.
@mwitter80- Sorry your pregnancy has been so rough. I agree with you and truly believe it is everyone personal choice.
I just feel like there are so many more problems with children these days and even if it wasn’t my fault, part of me knows I would blame myself. I have been resting when I need to and have a wonderful support system. So if I don’t feel good anytime outside of 8-5, I ask for help and go lay down.
Post # 8
I have tried to not take many medicines.
But at the beginning of my 2nd trimester when I was getting headaches that would last 5 days without intervention, I did take Tylenol a few times. In my opinion, taking a Tylenol and being able to function is better than being miserable and resorting to eating fast-food crap for a week because I feel too bad to grocery shop or cook dinner.
I also took antibiotics when it was found I had a UTI after my first first prenatal appointment. Untreated it could cause way more damage to me and the baby than the antibiotics.
Post # 9
@abbyful- I hear you about the migranes, some days they are unbearable. My mom has been cooking all of our meals for the week so I have been very luckily. But before we told her poor Darling Husband was living off takeout 🙁
Post # 10
The only medicine I’ve been comfortable taking is tylenol. I had an awful cold a month or two back, and I just suffered through it to be safe. Maybe I’m crazy, but I just didin’t want to take any risks.
Post # 11
@Mrs.KMM: I am worried about this, too. I believe what I am on is Class C, but I am hoping there is something that is safe.
Post # 12
I was the same – I didn’t take anything other than a dose of Tylenol. And I only took the Tylenol so that my fever didn’t get dangerously high in the first trimester when I had an awful cold.
Post # 13
It is up to everyone’s personal comfort level.
Post # 14
I feel the same way you dolost was exteremely sick everyday for months but I didn’t feel comfortable taking anything- I lot a little bit of weight but nothingthat could harm the baby. It’s your choice!
Post # 15
Personally yes I did take medications and I don’t regret it. There is no reason to suffer if you don’t have to. If my Dr. okays something and it will improve my quality of life then I am on board. I had severe hyperemesis and was on Zofran/Reglan almost the entire pregnancy. No babies with 3 heads were born : D It’s a very personal thing, but if you are really sick/suffering/in pain then I’d think it would be worth considering something to help ease that.
Post # 16
During my first trimester i was very cautious and didn’t take anything, have caffeine, avoided everything! Now that i’m in my second trimester I have taken tylenol a few times and have caffeine occasionally. I feel okay about it. I probably wouldn’t take anything stronger though.