Wednesday, May 16 2012, 02:30 PM MDT
Medicating Safely During Pregnancy
Elizabeth Smith M.P.H, Patient Services Coordinator, Perinatal Education at the University of Utah joins us to talk about all things pregnancy.
It's National Women's Health Week. This year's theme is, "It's Your Time," as women are asked to make their health a top priority. One way women can do that during the childbearing years to learn the facts about medications during pregnancy and breastfeeding,
• No medication is 100% safe during pregnancy or breastfeeding.
• The age of the fetus or breastfeeding infant does not make a difference so a medication that is not safe early on does not become safer over time.
• Never stop taking a medication unless you have been instructed to do so by a health care provider. Stopping a medication that is used for another health issue may be harmful.
• Some common medications considered relatively safe during pregnancy include antacids, anti-gas medications, Tylenol, Robitussin, cough drops, Benadryl, and Unisom.
• Always consult your health care provider about starting or stopping medications during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
• You can also contact the pregnancy risk line by calling 1-800-822-2229.
Summertime Issues for Pregnant Women
• Pregnant women should wear sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher.
• Hats, sunglasses, and sun protective clothing is also recommended.
• Most sunscreen products are safe for pregnant women, but if you have concerns about ingredients, discuss these concerns with a health care provider.
• The summer months also bring out the bugs! Insect repellant containing deet is considered safe for pregnant women.
Summertime issues for babies
• The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends keeping babies out of the sun, but if it can't be avoided, use sunscreen on exposed areas and cover baby with a hat and light but long clothing.
• Keep baby hydrated. Heat can lead to dehydration.
• Insect repellants containing deet are considered safe for babies older than 2 months of age, but use it sparingly and avoid getting it on their hands or near their mouth or eyes.
• Do not use products that are a combination of deet and sunscreen on babies.
For more information, contact University of Utah Health Care's Women's Health Services at 801-213-4133.
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