There will be times during your pregnancy that you are ill and want to take something to make you feel better, but it can be confusing knowing what medicine is safe and what should be avoided.
Any medicines you take will not only enter your system, but will pass through your baby too, so you should always be cautious.
Here is a pregnancy guide on medicine in pregnancy…
Get medical advice:
When you have your initial appointment with your doctor or midwife, ask what medication is okay to take and find out if there are any safe alternatives for those that you have to avoid. They will have a detailed pregnancy guide on the dos and donts at this time.
Read the labels:
All medication is clearly labelled on their risks and it will say whether or not you it is safe for you to take during pregnancy.
Share the news:
Make sure you inform your doctor or chemist that you are pregnant if you are to be given any new prescriptions.
Vitamin and mineral supplements:
There are plenty of supplements that are fine to have during pregnancy, although it is important to double check with your doctor or midwife first. Indeed there are some supplements that should be taken at this time. It is recommended that pregnant women take 10 micrograms of vitamin D each day throughout their pregnancy and 400 micrograms of folic acid each day ideally you should take this from before conceiving until you are 12 weeks pregnant. Do not take vitamin A supplements, or any supplements containing vitamin A, as too much could harm your baby.
For common health issues such as morning sickness, there are natural alternatives you can try to avoid taking medicine in pregnancy. These include ginger root (250 milligram capsules 4 times a day), or acupressure where you wear sea bands three-quarters of an inch down your wrist in between tendons to relieve feelings of nausea.
Some complementary therapies, such as acupuncture and massage, can be suitable during pregnancy and are excellent ways to relax and ease any aches and pains you might be having during this time. If you are considering using a complementary therapy, it is important to tell your GP or midwife about what treatment youre considering. If you then decide to use a complementary therapy, you should always consult a qualified practitioner.