(Closed) Can I use benadryl while TTC?

posted 9 years ago in TTC
Post # 3
470 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I don’t know about the medicines, but you should start prenatals ASAP. Doesn’t matter so much which one, just make sure it has at least 800 mcg of folic acid, since that is the biggest thing you want built up in your system already. 

Post # 4
30399 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

It never hurts to up your nutritional status before conceiving by taking a pre-natal vitamin and folic acid. Some studies are even recommending that the Dad do the same.

As far as medications are concerned, I suggest you make an appointment with your doctor to get advice. Taking medical advice from strangers on the internet is fraught with risk.

If you can’t afford to see your doctor speak with a pharmacist.

Post # 5
514 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2007 - Radisson Hotel

I was told benadryl was just fine during my prior pregnancy! I suggest you ask your doc, but I used it all through mine and my daughter is fine (she may have allergies, though, too, haha). And yes, prenatals! You want those vitamins and minerals built up in your system by the time you’re pregnant.

Post # 6
3132 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

I take two benadryl every night before bed.  Last time I saw my allergist, since I knew babies were in the foreseeable future, I asked him what meds I’d need to get off of before TTC.  He said that benadryl is in the class of drugs considered to of no effect on a developing fetus.

HOWEVER, he also said that it’s best to be on as few drugs as possible while pregnant, and so when the time comes, he’s going to wean me off every single drug possible, including benadryl.  There are no known risks, but it’s best not be be on it.

I am not a doctor, and I am remembering this conversation from about eighteen months ago, so I would go talk to a real doctor before listening to my internet advice.

Post # 7
130 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I have read that Benadryl (because it is an antihistamine) can dry up cervical mucus.  Something to consider if you are TTC!  

Post # 8
444 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2011 - Vandiver Inn

To answer your other questions, Tylenol and Neosporin are fine. You should try to limit your caffeine intake though. It’s no issue at all while you’re TTC, but you will need to limit or cut it out when you do get pregnant and you don’t want to be pregnant and going through caffeine withdrawal.

Post # 9
12 posts
  • Wedding: September 2013

It won’t hurt the baby, maybe yes, after several months, but a couple months won’t do harm. 

Post # 10
1467 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Benadryl is perfectly ok to take while pregnant- I usually take two for bad allergies at night, esp with fall allergies acting up right now. 

As someone who is pregnant to someone TTC- it’d be a good idea to print out a list of good and bad drugs/foods your doctor tells you now. You really have to go overboard on caffeine for it to hurt a baby, usually 1-2 cups of coffee a day is fine! It’s the people who are used to 8+ cups that need to watch out. 

Also, something that’s been hard for me has been quitting alcohol completely. I didn’t drink often but when I did it was for nerves or to help me sleep. :/ Now I’m learning to find other ways of coping, something I should do anyway, but it’s a lot harder now that my body is going crazy with pregnancy hormones. If I had to do it again, I’d start a prenatal as soon as possible to find one that doesn’t upset your stomach- and keep that list handy so it would be second nature and I wouldn’t constantly be googling lists of safe drugs. Hope this helps! 

On average- Tylenol, Benadryl and some other drugs are completely ok, even Tylenol PM. However, the fewer drugs you can be dependent on during pregnancy the better. 

Post # 11
5229 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

You can take plain benadryl while pregnant, so it’s certainly fine while TTC.

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