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Discomforts & Medication

Common Discomforts

Below is a list of common discomforts experienced during pregnancy and suggested treatments and/or medications to ease your symptoms.

Please note: This list is not an all inclusive list and cannot be substituted for physician consultation or medical advice. Please contact our office at any time with questions.


ABDOMINAL PAIN WHEN COUGHING

Lie on side or squat and do slow spinal stretches.
DO NOT USE: Cough suppressants with expectorants.

ALLERGIES

Try Claritin, Zyrtec, and Benadryl. Take only as prescribed. If problem persists, please contact our office.

BACKACHE

Heating pad on medium heat or warm towel four times a day for 15 minutes. Use correct posture and try to avoid heavy lifting. Sleep on a firm bed. Wear shoes with a low heel. Wear a maternity belt.
It is okay to take Tylenol (acetaminophen), Codeine (by prescription only).
DO NOT USE: Aspirin, Motrin , Advil , Aleve

COLD, FLU, AND MINOR ACHES & PAINS:

Increase fluids. Take Tylenol or Extra-Strength Tylenol every four hours. Call with a fever over 100.4.

CONGESTION:

It is okay to take Actifed, Benadryl, Sudafed (pseudoephedrine), Tavist D, Saline nasal sprays.
DO NOT USE: Decongestants with expectorants.

CONSTIPATION:

Increase fluids and fiber; fruits, juices, bran and water (6-8 glasses above ordinary intake).
It is okay to take Colace, Fibercon, Metamucil, Citrucel, Metamucil, Fiberall.

COUGH:

It is okay to take cough suppressants without expectorants as well as cough drops without suppressants.

DIARRHEA:

It is okay to take Kaopectate, Immodium (1 dose). Keep to a bland diet. Call if symptoms persist beyond 24 hours.

DIZZINESS, LIGHT-HEADEDNESS:

Increase fluids. Avoid missing meals. Avoid sudden changes in posture. After lying down, get up slowly. After 18 weeks, do not lie on your back. Call if symptoms are severe or result in loss of consciousness.

FATIGUE:

Take frequent short rests. Follow good nutritional habits and regular exercise. Slow down! Try deep breathing and relaxation. Try going to sleep earlier at night.

GAS:

It is okay to take Mylicon, Maalox, Tums , Rolaids , Gas-X , Mylanta (safe to use for first 12 weeks), Zantac .
DO NOT USE: Pepto-Bismol

GROIN PAIN:

Groin pain is a common complaint for pregnant women. It is generally worse with standing and walking, although sometimes may occur while lying down. Get off your feet. Turn over carefully when you are in bed and when you get up. Take Tylenol if necessary and rest.

HEADACHE:

It is okay to take Tylenol or Extra-Strength Tylenol every four hours as needed. If you have no relief or have any changes in vision, call the office.
DO NOT USE: Aspirin, Motrin , Advil , Aleve.

HEARTBURN/INDIGESTION:

Drink plenty of fluids.Wear loose clothing. Sleep propped up. Avoid spicy foods. Eat smaller, more frequent meals. Do not lie down for 2 hours after eating.
It is okay to take Maalox, Mylanta, Tums, Pepcid.

HERPES:

It is okay to take Valtrex—call for a prescription.

HEMORRHOIDS:

Avoid constipation by increasing fluids and fiber in diet. Exercise. Use a warm wash cloth to soothe discomfort.
It is okay to use Anusol cream or suppositories, Tucks, Preparation H, or witch hazel.

ITCHING:

Moisturize twice a day. Drink plenty of liquids.
It is okay to use Aveeno moisturizing bath powder, Benadryl cream.

LEAKING URINE:

Try Kegel exercises. Empty bladder frequently.

LEG CRAMPS:

Increase calcium intake; Tums is a good source. Stay well hydrated. Elevate legs at night. Tylenol or Extra-Strength Tylenol every four hours if needed.
DO NOT USE: Aspirin, Motrin , Advil , Aleve

NAUSEA:

Try eating frequent, small meals. Toast or crackers first thing in the morning may help. Sweet fruit syrup from canned fruits, i.e. pears/peaches, ginger tea, ginger ale, ginger snaps, Vitamin B6 (50 mg three times a day), sea bands (wrist bands available at sporting goods stores and pharmacies to help with motion sickness), may also be helpful. If none of these is sufficiently helpful, please call the office for a prescription medication.

PELVIC PRESSURE / PAIN:

Try Kegel exercises, hip elevation, knee/chest position, regular exercise, avoid long periods of standing and unnecessary lifting.
It is okay to take Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Extra Strength Tylenol. Contact the office if pain persists.
DO NOT USE: Aspirin, Motrin , Advil , Aleve

SINUS DRAINAGE:

It is okay to take Sudafed, Actifed. Increase fluid intake.

SKIN IRRITATION:

It is okay to use Calamine lotion, Caladryl lotion, Lanacort, Neosporin, Benadryl cream, Aveeno bath poweder.

SPOTTING OR BLEEDING:

Contact the office. Rest. Avoid intercourse or strenuous activity.

SWELLING:

Wear support hose. Elevate your feet. Rest on your left side. Increase fluids. Avoid excessively salty foods. Call us if you notice swelling of hands or face.

TOOTHACHE:

Orajel (available over the counter), Novacaine is OK. Dental x-rays are OK, BUT ONLY WITH LEAD SHIELD.
Remember: Always tell your dentist you are pregnant!

VAGINAL DISCHARGE:

It is not uncommon to have an increase in vaginal discharge when you are pregnant. Call the office if you have any signs of infection, including itching, irritation, greenish or yellowish color, odor. It is okay to use Monistat.

Healthy Woman OBGYN has practitioners available on call after hours, as well an emergency phone line and prenatal coordinator on staff to make your pregnancy as stress-free as possible. Book a prenatal appointment with us today!