Antihistamines During Pregnancy

Being sick when pregnant can be distressing and uncomfortable especially since many women avoid taking medications during pregnancy although some medicines are safe for use in pregnancy.

There are medical situations like cold, cough and fever when it becomes important to take medications for a complete cure in order to remove even traces of infection. Your doctor can prescribe you several histamines which can be safely consumed without worrying about the side effects on the foetus.

There are a few over the counter medications available as well to treat various infections. However, always check with a doctor before beginning the course especially if you are pregnant.

Antihistamines are by large safe for use during pregnancy but the doctor can give you better knowledge on the side effects if any. Based on inputs from the doctor you can decide if the pros outweigh the cons.

Medications of any sort especially antihistamines should be avoided during the first trimester of pregnancy. The reason is that at this stage the pregnancy is at a greater risk of being terminated. During the first 13 weeks of pregnancy any strong or even mild medication can trigger an abortion.

If you have to take medication check with your doctor for the antihistamines approved for pregnancy.
New age antihistamines with cetirizine, loratadine and fexophenodine are less likely to have fatigue as a side effect than the traditionally used medications for cold and allergies. This is good news since pregnancy in itself is quite draining.

If you are using antihistamines during pregnancy it is important to increase intake of water
. Antihistamines can cause dry mouth and nose in some cases. Dehydration during pregnancy is not a good sign so keep well hydrated by consuming large quantities of water along with the antihistamines.

Although by and large the antihistamines are without any side effects but if you do notice any changes in the baby’s movement pattern or experience contractions of the uterus contact your doctor immediately.

Get yourself a copy of the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) chart that has listed the names of medications approved for use during pregnancy. Always keep a copy of the list with you and consult it when needed. You can also find this list on The Perinatology.com website.



Anubha Pandey