Decongestant medications reduce stuffiness and sinus pressure by constricting the blood vessels in your nose, which reduces swelling. Pseudoephedrine and phenylephrine are available over the counter as Sudafed and are safe for many women to use during pregnancy.
Can I take decongestant when pregnant?
It’s not clear whether it’s safe to take any type of decongestant if you’re pregnant, so you should only use them if told to by a healthcare professional. Decongestants that come as tablets, liquids or powders that you swallow are not recommended if you’re breastfeeding.
What Sudafed can I take when pregnant?
Sudafed (Pseudoephedrine) 30-60 mg every 4-6 hours can be used in the second and third trimesters in women without gestational hypertension. Avoid use in the first trimester and with breastfeeding. Sudafed PE (Phenylephidrine) should be avoided because of its uncertain efficacy and safety in pregnancy.
How do I get rid of congestion while pregnant?
A few everyday measures can help safely ease a stuffy nose during pregnancy, including drinking plenty of liquids, sleeping with a humidifier and using saline drops and nose strips.
What can I take for mucus while pregnant?
Two major cough medication ingredients—dextromethorphan (a cough suppressant) and guaifenesin (an expectorant, which means it loosens up thick mucus)—both appear to be safe during pregnancy, although both have been tested in relatively few studies.
Can I take Mucinex DM pregnant?
Mucinex is likely safe to take while breastfeeding and during the second and third trimesters of pregnancy. Before taking any medication while pregnant or breastfeeding, it’s a good idea to talk to your doctor first.
What cold medicine is safe while pregnant?
Common Cold Medicine and Pregnancy: The Safe List
- Acetaminophen (Tylenol)
- Diphenhydramine (Benadryl)
- Pseudoephedrine (Sudafed)
- Loratadine (Claritin)
- Zinc lozenges.
- Chloraseptic spray (but a salt water gargle is just as effective, with no risks)
What happens if you take Sudafed PE while pregnant?
Can you take them during pregnancy? Using oral decongestants such as Sudafed and Sudafed PE during the first trimester can increase your risk of birth defects. Oral decongestants can also restrict blood vessels, which can reduce blood flow to the fetus. Less blood to the fetus can impair its growth.
Is Vicks VapoRub safe when pregnant?
Expectorants like Mucinex, cough suppressants like Robitussin, vapor rubs like Vicks VapoRub, and cough drops are all considered safe during pregnancy.
Is DayQuil safe for pregnancy?
Most practitioners say to stay clear of decongestants such as Claritin-D, Sudafed or DayQuil.
Does sneezing cause miscarriage?
You may be more prone to sneezing during pregnancy, but rest assured that it: isn’t harmful to you or your baby. isn’t a sign of a complication. cannot cause a miscarriage.
Can phlegm hurt my baby?
Even if you’re coughing a lot, you’re very unlikely to harm your baby – he or she is well protected inside you. “If you’ve got a cough during pregnancy,” says midwife and health visitor Karina Dyer, “it could well be your body’s way of saying slow down and rest – so take as much time out as you can.”
Why do I have so much phlegm during pregnancy?
During pregnancy, blood flow to the mucous membranes increases. The nose is full of mucous membranes. The extra blood flow causes the nasal passages to swell, which leads to extra watery discharge and congestion.
Can coughing hurt the baby while pregnant?
Does coughing during pregnancy harm the baby? Coughing during pregnancy doesn’t harm the baby, as it isn’t a dangerous symptom and the baby doesn’t feel it.