Most expectant moms suffering from colds, flu, or allergies wouldn't think of taking a prescription medicine without their provider's approval, yet many make the mistake of reaching for whatever over-the-counter pills or cough syrups are in their medicine cabinets. This is risky because very few of these remedies are known to be safe to use during pregnancy.
If you're sick, start with home remedies such as chicken soup, plenty of fluids, and rest. If they don't work, contact your health care provider and ask whether your over-the-counter medicine is safe to take before you use it. Remember that whatever medicine you take, your baby will be taking it too.
Here are some home remedies for each of these ailments, as well as medications generally considered safe to use in early pregnancy:
Originally published in You & Your Baby: Pregnancy.
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