Before I got pregnant, I was taking Benadryl nightly to sleep and control my allergies. After I learned I was pregnant, I briefly quit, but have pretty much been taking it through this whole pregnancy (for 6 months now). Anyway, I quit 2 weeks ago but am worried. I heard from my physician that it was allright to take it, but I never told her that I took it daily. My ultrasound at 5 months shows a perfectly healthy baby, but now I worry. What if my baby has brain damage or something? What if she didnt develop properly because I took benadryl at night???? I am probably overreacting, but heck, Im a mom.
I'm pretty sure you are ok. My sister took it almost daily w/both her pgs and her boys turned out just fine. If it's not one thing we are worried about, it's another, isn't it? <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/dizzy.gif">
#3 Katrina Rose EDD 4/29/02
I have a prescription for Claratin-D 12 hour, my doctor says it's okay. But my hearts been pounding something fierce with it lately, so no instead I am taking over the counter sudafed with a decongestant 12 hour. I have been having to take mine just about every 14-15 hours since I've been pregnant. Doc is fine with it.(???) I guess I have been thinking lately, that if it were known to cause dammage to fetus's then I don't think it would be over the counter....I think you'd have to have a prescription for it. See what I'm thinking?
I'm pretty sure you are ok too. I took the benadryl allergy a lot and tylenol pm. I get real bad springtime allergies and I'm allergic to the stuff inside pillows..which sets off my asthma. I also had to take servent..an inhaled steriod...and prevacid all while preg. All my meds. were approved by my doc and my son came out just fine. I also drank a little before I knew I was preg. I think that people try to scare preg. women into thinking EVERYTHING can hurt the baby. Somethings I believe are bad..like cigarette smoke(smoking) drugs, alchol and some meds. But other things won't hurt like dying your hair and the meds. the docs say are ok. I just had to get 4 shots of demerol and other stuff the other day and I do not worry b/c the doc would NEVER ok something if he thought it could be harmful. I know it is hard not to worry but I'm sure your baby will be fine!
Smile, life doesn't last that long.
Just because something's OVER THE COUNTER doesn't mean it's safe. What about asparin? Not during pregnancy. Many cold medicines have alcohol in them, some up to 25%. But I do agree that if your doctor said it's ok, don't worry. Maybe be honest with him and tell him you take it every night though. I'm sure your baby will be fine. I've been taking Unisom pretty often to sleep. My midwife said that it's fine and harmless to the fetus. I just hate having insomnia like I do. It's horrible to lay awake at night with a mind full of thoughts, some worrisome. I would love, for once, to sleep at least 5 hours straight!! It would be like a gift from GOD! Good luck to you, and try not to worry.
I guess Im lucky. My sleep issues have pretty much passed and I sleep all night pretty well. I quit with the benadryl. I had to learn to sleep without it, but so far Ive been fine. I have some hormonal rash which Ive been suffering from for nearly 2 months now and the doc told me to take benadryl for that, but Im not. Im just resigning to the fact that I will be itchy until I give birth. Never had this the first time around, but I know its hormonal because Im really itchy on the same days that Im really weepy and depressed. Ive struggled with some pretty bad depression during this pregnancy. It is alot like my pms-no reason to be upset, but IM tearful and resigned and difficult to deal with all day, then I will wake up the next day and be absolutely fine and back to my old self.
Asprin can be taken during a healthy, normal pregnancy and so can a little cough syrup, and neither one are known to cause birth defects in normal amounts. If they were known to cause birth defects (in normal/recomended label use amounts) they would not be available as an over the counter drug. Asprin and cough syrup both have warning labels about excessive consumption. Alcohol on the other hand is not a "drug" in the essence that you don't need a prescription to buy it. The meaning of safe in this can be varied too. Safe as to not cause any problems in the pregnancy, neither are safe in that way because they are both known to cause problems with a pregnancy, read the label, check with your doctor. But safe, as not to cause fetal abnormalities, neither are known to cause birth defects, if label directions are followed. Remember our parents and grandparents had us, and they used this stuff before tylenol or alcohol free cough syrup ever came out. I took excedrin during my first pregnancy, which contains some of the same ingredients as asprin, the concern was blood thinning and/or bleeding. I just had to stop using it by my 8th month. I experienced excruciating headaches during my 2nd trimester and tylenol wouldn't cure it, thankfully they stopped by the middle of the 7th month anyways.
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I'm not saying cough syrup causes birth defects, just the alcohol in it. Like I said, some have up to 25% alcohol. If taken as directed that would be like having a drink every 6 hours or something like that. Even if it's only for a short time it could still do damage. They don't know how much is too much when it comes to alcohol. Everyone knows that. I'm just saying that OTC drugs are not ALWAYS safe during pregnancy. I'm sure most are. Think of all the vitamins that are available OTC and some of them are very dangerous to take when pregnant. The same with herbs. Just because something can be bought without a prescription, and are approved by the FDA,(vitamins and herbs are not) does not mean it won't be harmful to a fetus. I use the term "drug" to describe any kind of medicine. And I do believe alcohol is a drug too, even though you don't need a prescription to buy it. Of course our mothers and fathers, parents and grandparents drank and smoked and did whatever. And they had babies with birth defects too. They didn't know any better. Science didn't know any better. But now they do. I guess my point was that just because you can buy it OTC doesn't mean you can use it the same as if you were not pregnant. And it's up to the consumer to make sure it's ok to take during pregnancy, not the company who makes it. The warning labels are nothing more than a liability issue. People can overdose on OTC drugs, but the maker doesn't want that responsibility. Same with pregnant women. Everything has a warning label on it; it doesn't mean they are looking out for you. It just means that if you do have a problem, it's out of their hands. Over the counter "drugs" and their dosages are made in mind for non-pregnant people. So obviously I disagree with you on some of these issues, but I agree that for the most part, if taken in the dose recommended for pregnant women, (which there is none on the label), they are safe. But I would definately talk to a doctor or midwife about use of ANY medicine, regardless of whether you need a prescription or not.
I have a little something to say about the asprin thing. I am almost 20 and can't take it b/c anyone under 21 should not take asprin..it can cause Rye's disease. The way I look at that if I can't give it to a baby after it is born don't take it while preg. My son is on Zantac for his acid reflux and some babies take Servent..so I'm fine with those. But I can't see putting something in my body while preg. if it could hurt the baby after birth. I guess I also wouldn't take it b/c it says no one under 21!! LOL!!
Smile, life doesn't last that long.
I just want to let you know it is perfectly safe to take benadryl while Pg. I had severe HyperEmesis Gravidarium and with/out Benadryl and Zofran I wouldn't have this WONDERFULL and HEALTHY little girl in my arms right now. Neither drug causd birth defects. Benadryl is safe for infants too since she inherited DH and My allergies I have had to give her Benadryl for some time. It alsohas been given to her for Motion Sickness as being safer than any other Motion Sickness treatment. I am also using Hydrocortizone Cream on her as the ONLY thing that works on her diaper Rash and Contact Dermitis. Benadryl is also safe to take while Breastfeeding.
SO.... Don't worry and don't suffer needlessly. There are other things more important to worry about at least this one can be forgotten. <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/smile.gif">
SAHM, Co-Sleeping, FAM, DD born Mar3, 2000
That is what I was thinking too thisbattymom. People down me for taking Prevacid for my acid reflux while preg. and now my son is on Zantac for his(which was offered to me and is basically the same thing as Prevacid). Gee, maybe my doc was right and those meds. might have been ok.
Smile, life doesn't last that long.<p>[This message has been edited by Purrbaby (edited 03-07-2002).]