I’m pregnant and I have a cold – runny nose, coughing, sneezing, etc. What kind of medications are safe for me to take?

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I’m pregnant and I have a cold – runny nose, coughing, sneezing, etc. What kind of medications are safe for me to take? Should I take additional vitamin C or can that harm the baby? Thank you.

There are several factors to take into consideration when taking medication during pregnancy. During 0-12 weeks, if you experience normal fever and cold, the doctors will not recommend any medication. Instead, you will be advised to take rest and drink lots of water. If you have a runny nose or a stuffy nose, you can clean out your nose with salt water. If you are experiencing severe conditions, you should consult with your doctor for a suitable treatment. For those who are after the 12th week of pregnancy, you may take medicines that are considered safe such as paracetamol. Pregnant women must not take anti-inflammatory medicines such as NSAID or ibuprofen. Vitamin C is safe and has no side effects on the baby.

Get well soon.

Prisana Sukheepod, M.D.
Specialist in OB/GYN
Samitivej Hospital

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1 Comment

  1. juliana  /  January 7, 2014, 11:48 pm Reply

    I’m 18 weeks pregnant and i also have a runny nose and I’ve been coughing alot . I was eveb taken to the emergency room like 3 days ago i dont recomend that you take any medications … try to take hot showers and put on vicks vapor on your nose and lots of sleep and water will help and eating things with vitmanC like oranges etc

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