(Closed) Sick… what can I take?

posted 7 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
622 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011 - Vandiver Inn

You may want to double check with your doctor, but on my safe list (from my OB) is any of the Tylenol combos. When I had that nasty headcold recently, I went with Tylenol cold and flu for some relief. It won’t be as good as Dayquil in my opinion, but something is etter than nothing, right?

Post # 4
4354 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Not very much 🙁 I got a really bad cold that lasted 3 weeks early in my pregnancy and pretty much the only thing that was suggested was Tylenol. Cough drops are not even recommended really but I had to cave and I had ones with menthol only (no other medical ingredients) because I was coughing so much it would make me gag plus I was up so much in the night with coughing fits. In the end I didn’t take Tylenol even because I didn’t think it would help me. I just rested and ate soup/drank decaf tea with honey.

Check with your doctor though, they are all different in what they recommend or suggest.

Post # 5
5474 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Rest & hydration are going to be the safest things to do.  I had a little cough that persisted for about 2 weeks so I called my doctor and she told me I could take Robitussin DM (the kind with NO expectorant, just a cough supressant) so I did that for about a week.  It did NOTHING to help 🙁  I called back a week later, so after 3 weeks of persistend, productive coughing, and she said it’s time to see a primary care doc.  Turns out I had bronchitis and was prescribed amoxicillin since it’s pregnancy safe.  I still couldn’t do any cough expectorants though, so I had a very mucousy cough for about 2 or 3 months. 

I’m so sorry you’re sick, but there really isn’t much that can be taken unless you have a bacterial infection and can take antibiotics for it.  Get well soon dear!

Post # 6
3621 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I had a really bad head cold over christmas and I didn’t take anything but I used breathe right strips at night, it cleared me up so well that i got really fantastic nights sleeps. I’m positive those great sleeps helped me recover from it much quicker than I’ve ever recovered from a head cold before. So, I say try the breathe right strips at night!!!

Post # 7
964 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Sudafed and nasal saline are OK per the pharmacist, that’s me.

Post # 8
6887 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Please contact your doctor, he/she would know best than people on the internet

Post # 9
1090 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Something else completely drug-free that might help you out is a humidifier.  I got a small table top one for my nightstand a while back even before being pregnant. 

Post # 10
1621 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

You should always contact your care provider if you’re unsure of what you can safely take.  Rest and hydration are always the mainstays.  Having said that, the following are generally considered safe:


dextromethorphan (cough supressant)

guaifenesin (expectorant)

anti-histamines (eg. Benedryl, Claritin)

http://www.motherisk.org/prof/updatesDetail.jsp?content_id=881′ defer=’defer

Post # 11
1137 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

If you have any sinus pressure/nose clogging you could try a sinus rinse too.

Sudafed (the one behind the counter) was on my list of things I could take, but it all depends on how far along you are. I’d call the doctor and see what they tell you to take.

My midwife had to go see my PCP, who in turn told me I likely had a sinus infection and preferred I try sinus rinses and sudafed. I went in after a week of being miserable, then things improved the following week. It’ll be 3 weeks this weekend and I feel *almost* back to normal.

Post # 12
1675 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

@cdncinnamongirl:  Just came here to post a link to motherrisk.org! It’s the same site Canadian pharmacists use and comes highly recommended by my midwives in terms of the information they provide on a variety of pharmacuticals.


I had a really bad cold over the holidays and the thing that helped me the most was my neti pot. Hope you feel better soon!

Post # 13
4272 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Call your doctor’s office first and ask. Do you feel like you are running a fever?

Post # 16
1474 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

I got a horrible sinus infection at around 13 weeks and I used a Neti Pot (which has been a LIFESAVER) and a humidifier. I think my humidifier was only like $19 at WalGreens! My doctor doesn’t really like to recommend any meds, so the combination of those two things saved me.

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