(KUTV) With the approach of cough and cold season there are some medications pregnant women can take if they get sick.
But there are others that should be avoided.
“Most over the counter drugs will be fine,” Dr. Kenneth Larsen at Alta View Hospital says.
Walking into a pharmacy can be intimidating for first time moms.
“Most medications can be continued during pregnancy,” Dr. Larsen says.
Doctors say most drugs are safe during pregnancy, however Dr. Larsen says some should be avoided. “Some medications over the counter that you might want to avoid are the non-steroid anti-inflammatories like Ibuprofen or Aleive.”
If you happen to get sick, be sure to talk to your doctor about medications that are safe to help you with cold symptoms –like a fever.
But doctors say you shouldn't be afraid to take a trip down the cold and flu aisle at your local store.
“Most antihistamines are safe in pregnancy, decongestions are safe in pregnancy, Tylenol is very safe in pregnancy,” Dr. Larsen says.
Be sure to wash your hands to help stop the spread of germs, and if you do happen to get sick and you are pregnant, stay home and get some rest.
The best piece of advice is to simply talk to your doctor.
For more information, go to intermountainhealthcare.org
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