Medication during Pregnancy

Pain Meds and Pregnancy
Not all over-the-counter pain relievers are the same, and for pregnant women, it is important to know which are safe for both mom and baby. Dr. Lisa says if you are pregnant and in pain, taking an acetaminophen is perfectly safe, however she advises against nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Studies show that NSAIDs can increase the risk of certain heart defects in children. Consult with your doctor before taking aspirin because it thins the blood.

When do Medications Expire?

More than 80 percent of medications will last up to a year after their expiration date. Beware, though. Certain medications, like antibiotics, do go bad. Tetracycline, an antibiotic commonly used to treat acne, can actually become poisonous after its expiration date. Dr. Travis states that people should always finish their antibiotics anyway, so no one should have to worry about their expiration date!

Mixing Medications

Mixing medications can be deadly. Most people don’t realize that the term “medications” includes over-the-counter drugs, prescription pills, vitamins and herbal supplements. It’s crucial to tell your doctor everything you’re putting into your body because drug interactions can have terrible consequences. Dr. Lisa adds that women often think all herbal supplements are natural and therefore safe to take during pregnancy, and that isn’t necessarily true. To be sure, expectant mothers should check with their doctor first.

Flu Shots during Pregnancy

Flu shots are recommended for many people, but should pregnant women get them as well? Dr. Lisa advises pregnant women in their second and third trimesters to get them, especially during flu season. “A woman’s immune system, when she’s pregnant, it’s supporting two people,” Dr. Lisa says. “She’s going to get a lot sicker than just you and me."

“What’s nice is if the mom gets the flu shot, she gets those antibodies against the flu, passes those to her baby, and then when the baby is born, the baby will have those antibodies for about the first six months or so,” Dr. Jim says.

Dr. Lisa warns pregnant women against using any flu vaccines made from live viruses, such as the nasal-spray vaccine.

Botox during Pregnancy
“It’s a no-brainer,” plastic surgeon Dr. Drew Ordon says.

“I wouldn’t do Botox, fillers, laser treatments or any unnecessary local anesthetics while you’re pregnant.” Because there is no information as to whether prior Botox injections affect pregnancy, Dr. Lisa adds that it’s important for women to tell their doctor if they’ve had the procedure done.

“We’ll survey the pregnancy really carefully, just to make sure there’s nothing going on, i.e. early ultrasounds and things like that,” she notes.