Week 13 - Over the Counter Medicine
Hello. This is Dr. Mauldin. You are now 13 weeks pregnant. You are finishing the 1st trimester of your pregnancy and there are 2 more to go!
Let’s talk about what kind of over the counter medications you can use.
Tylenol is the best medication for your general aches and pains. The most important thing I have to say about pain relievers is to avoid aspirin and motrin or ibuprofen because they can prolong the length of time it takes your blood to clot.
If you have a stuffy nose, try using saline drops to moisturize the lining of your nose. But if that doesn’t work, try Sudafed. Sudafed is fine as long as you don’t have hypertension. If you do have high blood pressure, talk to your doctor about prescribing another medication to relieve that stuffy feeling you have. If the think the symptoms are more allergy related, you may want to try an antihistamine, such as Claritin or Benadryl.
Antacids such as Tums, Maalox or Mylanta are helpful for heartburn. Gas X or Simethicone may relieve your gas and bloating.
Constipation is a very common problem during pregnancy. Before adding a medication, try increasing your water intake to at least 8 glasses/day and increasing the amount of fiber you eat in the form of fruits and vegetables. If you still need relief, add a bulking agent such as Metamucil.
And finally, Prenatal Vitamins are also an important part of your pregnancy. They contain vitamins and minerals that will supplement your dietary intake. Prenatal vitamins are really important for their calcium and iron content. Rather than the pregnancy draining your calcium stores, supplemental calcium from the prenatal vitamins will be used to help the baby build its bones. The same is true of the extra iron. Extra iron will maintain your blood count – so that you’ll feel better during the pregnancy and following delivery – despite the blood loss at delivery.
Have a great week. I’ll talk to you soon.