Pregnancy-Safe Medications: How to Treat Colds, Flu, Headaches, Allergies and More

Under the weather? Here's what medications are safe to take in pregnancy -- so you can feel better fast (15 Photos)

Jennifer Kelly Geddes on Nov 16, 2012 at 7:37PM

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Allergies and Asthma

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a Jennifer Kelly Geddes on Nov 13, 2012 at 11:15AM

Not only can allergies get worse during pregnancy, some moms-to-be experience them for the first time when they're expecting. Here's what can help: 

How to treat it without medicine:
A humidifier will keep the air moist and help clear a stuffy nose and sinus congestion. (Or take a hot steamy shower for the same effect.) Try to limit time spent outside when allergy season is at its worst; shake out or change bed linens frequently, keep windows shut and dust and vacuum with a vengeance!

Pregnancy-safe medicines:
"Pregnant women can almost always take their own asthma and allergy medications, such as an inhaler that's already been prescribed," says Wolfe. If your usual line of defense is an oral steroid, check first to see whether it's okay to continue. OTCs are probably fine (though check with your doctor), depending on how far along you are -- certain drugs can affect your breast milk production if taken too close to delivery. Common ones include: chlorpheniramine (Chlor-Trimeton), loratadine (Claritin, Triaminic) and diphenhydramine (Benadryl).

What to avoid:
Don't take any mediation that's new to you -- either from a friend or your own medicine cabinet. "It's best not to experiment with something you've never taken before during pregnancy," says Wolfe.

Try these 6 smart tips for treating allergies in pregnancy.


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