Is It Safe to Take Medicine During Pregnancy?


pillsYesterday I went to the OB/GYN with a list of ailments. I pretend that I'm a low-maintenance pregnant person, but really is there such a thing? I have really bad heartburn, a terrible sore throat, and I literally cannot sleep. And this is not literally in the Rachel Zoe sense. I seriously cannot sleep. So, I asked my doctor for antibiotics, a heartburn medicine prescription, and permission to take something that will help me get some shut-eye.

Three hours later I was popping my first dose of a Z-pak, Tylenol PM, and some Zantac. I talked to my friends and apparently I'm in the minority here. Many women don't even take one pain reliever during their entire pregnancy. Do you take drugs while pregnant?

I'm of the armchair doctor philosophy that it's better to be stress free and feeling healthy than suffering and feeling terrible. My throat is so sore, I can barely swallow. How is it better to suffer and possibly get sicker than to take an antibiotic? I'm in my last trimester and research hasn't even found proof that it's unsafe to take them.

I also tried everything to get myself to sleep. I don't nap, I stop eating after 8 p.m. I even drink decaffeinated tea. Nothing worked. I asked for the sleeping pills because I feel like it has to be healthier to sleep with the help of drugs rather than get 45 minutes of sleep a night. Right?

And the heartburn! I think this is a main component of me not being able to sleep. I popped so many Tums with no relief. In fact, I would lay in bed at night and come within inches of projectile vomiting in my bed. How is this better than popping something that can prevent this? It cannot be healthy for baby for me to be walking a thin line between being full and vomiting.

I commonly hear of women who suffer through migraine headaches because they are scared to take a pain reliever. Why suffer? Even taking strong prescription drugs for depression is recommended rather than let depression go untreated.

If doctors are giving the okay to take drugs, then how come so many women are scared to do it?


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RanaA... RanaAurora

Many women try to avoid as many medications as possible both during pregnancy and labor and delivery. It may be okay, but there's potential risks to all medications, so it's better to be safe than sorry.

xavie... xavierlogan09

i didn't have an easy pregnancy. luckily though i didn't get heartburn. i've never had heartburn. i had even worse migraines when i was pregnant. anyone who has migraines know tylenol doesn't work at all. i told my doctor about my migraines because she told me to if i had anymore. she then said there wasn't anything she could do. so i had to suffer. it sucked but if i could have gotten a medicine that was safe and would work then i would have taken it. since having migraines makes me throw up i didn't gain much weight during pregnancy. however my son was a fatty. lol. if you can take medicine and it's safe then you should rather than suffering.

moder... modernmom2010

I have been taken anti-depressants for 10 years and was concerned during my pregnancy. My doctor felt that it would do more harm than good if I stopped taking them. I weaned myself to 1/2 a pill a day (10mg).

After I delivered the doctor told me the nurses would have to give me any and all meds so I asked for my daily pill. I recieved a lecture from not one, but two of them about breastfeeding with it and when I asked them specifically how it would hurt my baby they had no answer. I am thankful I never experienced any symptoms of postpartum depression.

Histo... HistoryMamaX3

I was on medication during all my pregnancies and the years that I nursed them. I never recieved a lecture from any nurse or doctor that I ever saw. Not saying that there were no risks involved, but in truth- I have to be able to make it day to day or the risks to all our lives was greater. :-)

nonmember avatar angireid

I have severe daily migraines and since I have to continue to live my life for the next 3.5 months I definitely take medication for the pain, I have worked with my drs to balance between the baby and my own best interest. I dont take stupid risks and only take things known to be safe (metoclopramide for migraines) but I don't need to suffer for 9 months when something has been used and tested since the 60's.

Bluel... Blueliner

I just don't see the point in taking the risk no matter how small, I haven't had anything during my pregnancy that was bad enough for me to need to take a risk with medications. Most Dr.'s will say a drink or two is fine but I just don't need alcohol bad enough to risk it.

I'm def not a high maintenance pregnant person btw :)

Angela Victor Willoughby

Migraines + pregnancy = Not a happy I took Excedrin Tension Headache. It's basically Tylenol with some caffeine. My child came out just perfect. I still take it occasionally when I get a migraine. There were days where I just endured the headache, but on the days I couldn't, I took medication.

So to answer your question, yes, I took medication while pregnant.

Sophie Grow

I think that there is level for some women that being pregnant is such a natural and spiritual experience that they feel medications taint or intrude on it's innocence.  I know my sisters felt that way.  I know I'm open to using medication after a talk with my doctor.  But just because a doctor says it's ok doesn't mean I should, because opinions will vary in the medical field.  There is no right and wrong, just what's right and wrong for you.  I'm fully supportive of people being very proactive and doing their research before decisions like this.

nonmember avatar Marie

Um Excedrin has aspirin in it so no it is not Tylenol with caffeine. The Mayo Clinic and many other reputable medical professionals strongly advise against aspirin during pregnancy as it can be fatal to the baby. I also get migraines while pregnant and the best thing to do is relax and sleep.

nonmember avatar Allboys

The medication issue is one of those things that's different for every woman. It is important that every woman do the checking herself though and make sure the medication prescribed by her doctor is in fact safe during pregnancy. During my last three pregnancies I experienced extreme nausea and vomiting so I took medication for a good deal of the pregnancies. I wasn't keeping anything down so it was necessary. Other than that the only other strong medication I took was one pain pill when I passed a kidney stone. It was hell and they misdiagnosed me with a bladder infection. I took one of my husbands prescription pain meds. Some women would have an issue with that too.

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