Post # 1
This may be a silly question but I’m feeling neurotic today. My husband and I intend to start TTC in approximately a week (I’m at CD 6). I woke up on Saturday with a cold and have taken some cold medicine since (standard OTC daytime/nighttime stuff). As long as I’ve stopped taking it before we our first BD during my window, is that okay? It feels silly to skip this month entirely because I took a couple cold tablets a week before ovulating. Thoughts?
Post # 2
anonybee0810: you can’t take cold medicine while TTC? (genuine question).
Post # 3
MsGinkgo: I feel like you can but the package said definitely not while pregnant (which I’m obviously not yet and may not even be this month) and I also read online that daytime cold combination medicine is bad bad bad if you’re not sure if you’re pregnant yet. I feel pretty silly but I just got to thinking that it’s probably fine since we’re not starting for a week yet, right? Like, it’ll be long gone from my system.
Post # 4
You don’t share a blood supply with the baby until you’re 5-6 weeks pregnant (3-4 weeks after conception). You can take cold medicine while TTC; don’t make yourself suffer without it now because you’re really going to miss it when you definitely can’t have it.
ETA: Or ask your doctor instead of taking the word of strangers on the Internet.
Post # 5
It’s fine. Use it while you can, lol. The only possible negative thing I could see is some of those meds can um…dry you up a bit.
Post # 6
anonybee0810: I would say you’re fine – but check with a doctor to be sure. Most cold medication leaves your system within 12 hours (which is why you take it every 8 hours).
Post # 7
Some cold medicines (expectorants with guaifenesin, like Mucinex) women actually take to HELP with conception. It can help aid with cervical mucous. Though others (with a decongestant) can dry you up. But it won’t harm anything while trying. Just don’t take any decongestants (think anything with pseudoephedrine or phenylephrine in it) once pregnant.