Top 11 Types Of Medication You Need To Avoid During Pregnancy

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By- Hang Pham


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You’re possibly confused about which types of medication to stay away from during pregnancy if you’re expecting a baby. During the first eight weeks of pregnancy, you need to avoid all OTC medications, because the heart, lungs, and brain of the baby are formed during that time. So, what are the medications that need to be refrained as you are pregnant, particularly in the first 8 weeks of pregnancy? Don’t worry because I have put a total list of drugs to avoid during pregnancy. Let’s check them!

1. Herbs

Basically, during pregnancy, herbal medicines could be good and safe but there are some certain herbs that you strictly need to avoid. Some herbs such as aloe vera, yarrow, licorice, rosemary, ephedra, ginseng, pennyroyal, cinnamon, and wormwood that you need to avoid during pregnancy.

2. Antifungal Medication

During your gestation phase, when you experience yeast infection, you need to consult a gynecologist instead of taking an anti-fungal medication. The medications can damage your unborn fetus growth rate. In addition, the medications have the active ingredients that can easily penetrate via the placental barrier and move into the fetal cord blood, too.

3. Antihistamines

You also should avoid antihistamines during pregnancy if you’re allergic to the active elements. Antihistamines can prevent certain side effects such as dry mouth, drowsiness and dizziness during pregnancy. You should try making a few simple lifestyle changes such as keeping your house clean, running the air conditioner or putting your dirty shoes outside to overcome asthmatic attacks and other allergens. You also try non-drug interventions, including exercising, nasal strips, yoga, as well as salt-water nasal sprays.

4. Aspirin

As you know, for migraine headaches, doctors often prescribe aspirin. However, during pregnancy, intake of aspirin will increase the chance of several other complexities. Especially, taking aspirin increases the chance of miscarriage as well as placental abruption during the early phase of pregnancy.

5. Nasal Decongestants

Typically, nasal decongestants help you deal with the symptoms of the itchy and stuffy nose, and watery eyes as well. But taking nasal decongestants is not recommended by doctors during pregnancy because they induce some certain side effects such as insomnia, a headache or vomiting. Instead of using nasal decongestants, you can inhale the steam to overcome nasal congestion. You can use warm showers or humidifiers that help to expand your airways.

6. Painkillers

It’s best to avoid using painkillers if you suffer a mild pain or a headache during pregnancy. Instead, you can overcome these problems by indulging in alternative treatments such as massage, reflexology or yoga. Doctors may recommend you to avoid using painkillers like ibuprofen and acetaminophen, at least for the 1st trimester.

7. Tranquilizers

Tranquilizers, such as Valium and Librium need to avoid during pregnancy. During pregnancy, addiction to tranquilizers increases the risk of facing withdrawal symptoms of your baby.

8. Acne Medications

The hormonal imbalance in the body during pregnancy makes you face skin acne. You need to avoid using acne medication like Retin-A and Accutane because they aren’t safe during pregnancy. A few of the common birth defects related to acne medicines include heart defects, facial abnormalities, and brain malformations as well. You can regain the skin glow naturally as the level of hormone becomes normal again.

9. Anticonvulsants

During pregnancy, intake of anticonvulsants also increases the chances of preterm delivery as well as miscarriages. During pregnancy, you need to avoid anticonvulsants like Diazepam or Clonazepam.

10. MAO Inhibitors

You also should avoid using antidepressants consisting of MAO inhibitors like Phenelzine or Isocarboxazid. It is advisable to try to perform the relaxation techniques when you experience severe depression.

11. Illegal Drugs

During pregnancy, intake of amphetamines increases the risk of heart deformities of your baby. They promote placental problems and risk of preterm birth and miscarriage as taken during pregnancy. During pregnancy, taking cocaine also causes contraction of the uterine wall, which may result in severe bleeding and miscarriage as well. Marijuana also increases the chance of impairing the fetus growth. A few of the other complexities consist of low birth weight, developmental delays, and preterm birth.

I hope my post will be useful for all of you. If you know any drug that needs to be avoided, please share with me and other readers.

 Guest Post by Hang Pham

Author Bio:

This guest post is by Hang Pham, a blogger with over 10 years of experience on searching the best natural home remedies for problems related to health and skin care.


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