This month, KEZI 9 Checks In focuses on medication for women who are pregnant. We spoke with Dr. Paula Jewett with Women's Care Obstetrics & Gynecology about this issue.
KEZI 9 News Anchor Renee McCullough: It's allergy season and people are probably wondering what medicines they can take while they're pregnant?
Dr. Paula Jewett: Absolutely. We get a lot of women coming in this time of year with allergy complaints. Fortunately there are a lot of options for women. Some of the most commonly used antihistamines are very safe in pregnancy so we recommend that women can take Zyrtec, they can take Claritin. Benadryl is okay as well. And now that our nasal steroids are over the counter, those are fine to use over the counter too.
Is there anything that we should avoid if you're pregnant?
There's not really any major allergy medications that are over the counter that you should avoid while pregnant. Some of the prescription medications would have to be discussed on a case-by-case basis.
How about other alternatives to taking medications for pain for some of your pregnancy symptoms?
Sure. So a lot of times we don't want our pregnant patients to be taking over the counter pain medicines, so things like Ibuprofen and aspirin are not really safe during pregnancy except as advised by a physician so there other things we can do to manage pain. Some of the more popular things would be seeing a chiropractor, doing some pregnancy massage therapy, accupuncture, accupressure, all of these things are safe modalities during pregnancy.
What about beauty products? Are there things that women should avoid as far as beauty products or getting your hair done when you're pregnant?
Sure. Those are also some commonly asked questions. Getting your hair dyed is probably the number one question we get and that is really safe to do during pregnancy as long as you're in a well ventilated area. If you're going to dye your own hair, you might want to make sure you're wearing gloves to apply the dye so none of the chemicals get absorbed through any cuts or nicks on your hands. Some of the beauty products you might avoid would be something that has high levels of retinol in it. Face creams or applications, because too much vitamin D, excuse me, vitamin A is dangerous during pregnancy. Self tanning creams are fine. That's another popular question. We don't advise tanning in a tanning bed at any time during pregnancy, but self tanning lotions are very safe.