(Closed) Cold/ sickness during TWW, WWYD?

posted 7 years ago in TTC
Post # 2
508 posts
Busy bee

If you are concerned, I’d research what meds you can safely take when pregnant.  For example, my pregnant friend is a doctor and she will take paracetamol for colds but definitely not cold-and-flu tablets.  

We have a local website here in Australia that gives a comprehensive list of meds for pregnant women. I’ll copy the contents here, hope it helps (and I hope you get better soon!):


Your guide to medication during pregnancy

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Chest infection

Yes Some antibiotics, such as Amoxil or Keflex, are fine in pregnancy. To be safe, never take antibiotics unless they are prescribed for you by your doctor.

No Some antibiotics, especially the tetracyclines, should never be taken in pregnancy because they damage the developing baby’s teeth. Cough medicines. For a start, studies show that they aren’t very effective, and when taken during pregnancy, they’ve been linked to birth defects as well as breathing problems in babies.

Cold and flu<br /> Yes Paracetamol (Headache… below)

No Cold and flu tablets. One of the key ingredients, pseudoephedrine, has been indicated in the defective closure of the baby’s stomach wall (gastroschisis) if it’s taken in the first trimester. If you’re in your second or third trimester, talk to your doctor about the risks.

Hayfever and allergies

Yes First-generation antihistamines like Phenergan are safe to use during pregnancy. There’s less data on the called ‘second- generation’ non-sedating antihistamines like Claratyne and Zyrtec, but the studies carried out so far are reassuring. If in<br /> doubt, chat to your GP and read Coping with allergies when you’re pregnant.

Headache, back and other joint pains<br /> Yes Paracetamol (Panadol, Tylenol, etc). Extensively tested in pregnancy, this is safe as long as you stick to the

recommended dose of eight or fewer capsules or tablets per day.

No Aspirin, anti-inflammatories (Voltaren, Brufen, etc) and ibuprofen (Nurofen etc). These increase the risk of miscarriage by up to 250 per cent if taken in the first trimester.

In the last trimester, they can cause abnormalities in an unborn baby as well as bleeding problems in a newborn. Scientists believe the reason these seemingly innocent medications can cause so many problems in the first and third trimesters is because they affect levels of compounds called prostaglandins that are important during pregnancy. These medications are, however, safe to take in the middle trimester.

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Yes Over-the-counter antacids, such as Mylanta, Gaviscon or Quickeze. A pregnant lady’s best friends, the only problem with these preparations is that too much magnesium as a result of taking antacids all day might give you diarrhoea. If this happens, see your GP .

No Prescription-only medicines for heartburn like Losec, Nexium and Somac. Animal studies show that there aren’t any major problems unless given in very high levels in pregnancy, but they haven’t been specifically studied in pregnant women. Never take a heartburn pill from a friend or family member without running it by your doctor first.

Morning sickness and vomiting

Yes:   Antacids (seeHeartburn… above), raspberry leaf tea and ginger. Metoclopramide (Maxolon) or Ondansetron (Zofran) are also prescription-only options that you can ask your GP about. All have been tested on pregnant women and found to be totally safe.

Thrush<br /> Yes:   Creams or pessaries with antifungal agent such as Canesten (which comes with an applicator that’s safe to use) or Nilstat.

No:   Oral tablets against thrush, such as Diflucan. These have been linked to birth defects. Stick with the creams and if they’re not working, see your GP .



Post # 3
11734 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I would take whatever you normally would take. Good luck and feel better soon!

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