Pregnancy drugs – which ones can I take?

During pregnancy, one of the biggest concerns of mothers-to-be is that of whether or not they can take drugs during pregnancy , as these could be potentially dangerous for the development and survival of the fetus. The relationship between drugs and pregnancy is addressed by numerous medical texts, as well as by official websites of national and international bodies, which allow mothers to orientate themselves to find an answer to their doubts and their fears.

Should I ask the doctor?

Surely, your doctor will always have to decide when to take  medicines during pregnancy and when this can be harmful. In the same way, only your doctor will be able to decide for the suspension of a therapy in the case of a specific pathology or if it may be the case to continue, because you are not in the presence of risks or damages for the future unborn child.

Is it possible to be cured?

Obviously, even in pregnancy it is necessary to be cured. This is essential for both the mother and the child’s health. In some cases and for some drugs, there is the possibility for the mother to choose whether to take a certain drug or not. When you get sick during pregnancy, for example, in the case of a cold, it will be the woman herself who can choose whether to use a decongestant for the nose or to do without it.

Can medicines be taken for long periods?

In other cases, on the other hand, it is necessary to take medicines during pregnancy for longer periods, in order to heal oneself and make one’s future child feel good. According to AIFA – the Italian Drug Agency, in fact, sometimes there are many more risks in not taking drugs than in taking them during pregnancy. In fact there may be drugs that do not involve any risk to the fetus, while obviously there are some drugs that need a certain caution in taking during pregnancy.

What to do in case of therapies?

If you are following a treatment for some chronic conditions, such as anxiety, depression, epilepsy or others, it is very important not to stop or make changes to your drug therapy without having an opinion from your doctor. In fact, even in this case it is extremely important to think about your own health and the health of the fetus. The doctor himself could recommend different medications, which can also be used during pregnancy.

Drugs allowed

The AIFA provides a very useful handbook for women who are expecting a child, in order to clarify the relationship between drugs and pregnancy. The medical consultation is certainly a must before taking any drug during pregnancy, but also the indications of over the counter fertility medicine can be very useful.

High fever, headache and cold

In case of high fever, you will need to consult your doctor to understand the causes. In any case, paracetamol is generally the most common antipyretic, such as penicillin if it is necessary to take an antibiotic therapy. Even in the case of headaches or colds, paracetamol is the most recommended analgesic.

What to do in case of cough or sore throat?

In case of cough or sore throat, it is possible to resort to aereosol, nasal washes of physiological solution, together with all the most “home” remedies, such as milk and honey.

Can you go to the dentist?

A false myth is that of not being able to go to the dentist during pregnancy. During the nine months, pathologies such as gingivitis or oral bleeding may increase. It is therefore very important to go to a specialist to monitor your situation, which in some cases can also lead to problems related to pregnancy.

Can I take antibiotics?

Often another false myth is that related to antibiotics, which cannot be used during pregnancy. In fact, if prescribed by your doctor, there may be antibiotics that may also be compatible with the interesting state.

Drugs not recommended

In case of fever or cold, AIFA always advises to avoid taking medicines in pregnancy such as ibuprofen or acetylsalicylic acid during the third trimester of pregnancy. Nasal sprays or oral decongestants, even in the case of allergic rhinitis, should be used infrequently, as they can interfere with utero-placental blood circulation. Aspirin for example is to be avoided in the first trimester of pregnancy, because some studies report it as a possible cause of risk of miscarriage. Some doctors also advise against the use of natural methods such as propolis, in the case of sore throats, since there are still not enough studies to indicate the effects of propolis during pregnancy.

Natural therapies

Homeopathy in pregnancy must be used with caution, to avoid complications to the fetus or the woman herself. For example, in the case of headaches it may be useful to massage the temples with a few drops of lavender. Many natural remedies are also useful in case of vomiting or nausea. Even in this case, however, as in the case of taking medicines during pregnancy , it is necessary to ask the trusted expert, who can advise what to do in each specific case.

Assisted fertilization

Even in the case of pregnancy following assisted fertilization, the precautions in taking medicines must be the same. It is always necessary to seek the advice of your doctor, since he will advise you on the most suitable drugs to use in every different case.

Pregnancy and doubts – IVI

Taking medications during pregnancy is just one of the many doubts that future mothers assail during pregnancy. It is normal and natural that facing this new path of one’s life can lead to many questions and to ask oneself if the most correct choices are being made. In IVI, the largest medically assisted reproduction center in the world, we always try to provide useful advice for women who are pregnant and are constantly assailed by doubts. In fact, on the IVI website it is possible to find numerous answers both for the doubts concerning the pregnancy and for all the doubts regarding the assisted fertilization pathway.

Pregnancy and doubts – where can I find information?

The IVI blog, for example, provides many useful tips for all women who begin to perceive the first symptoms of a pregnancy and do not know whether to interpret these symptoms as a real pregnancy or as a false alarm. Many are also the advice given during the actual pregnancy, in order to answer the most common questions that future mothers ask.

Pregnancy and doubts – which ones are the most common?

Questions about the most common symptoms that women experience during the nine months of pregnancy are very common. Symptoms such as back pain and tummy aches , which often alarm future mothers, are a source of concern . We try to give answers even in cases of doubt concerning pathologies or situations that could compromise the possibility of a pregnancy. Often, many concerns arise for example in the presence of endometrial polyps and cervical polyps or in the presence of polycystic ovaries .

Pregnancy and fertility

The IVI blog is a very effective handbook for all women and men who have questions and concerns about their fertility and want to understand what is the best path to take for their specific case. There are many questions asked by patients about how important age is to get pregnant or how they affect some daily life habits in the search for a pregnancy, such as smoking or stress .

IVI and successes in the field of medically assisted procreation

The work and constant commitment of professionals working in IVI, allows growth year after year of the conception index of our treatments . At IVI centers treatments such as egg donation give the possibility of obtaining after three attempts a top cumulative success rate of 97%. Obviously, the effectiveness of an assisted reproduction treatment varies from patient to patient and from treatment to treatment. It will therefore be the IVI team of experts to understand and choose which is the best treatment to undertake for each specific patient, depending on his state of health and his medical history.

What is infertility

When a year of regular unprotected sexual intercourse has passed and no conception has occurred, a possible alteration is beginning to be suspected. In the case of older age, it is advisable to contact the specialist after six months of regular unprotected sexual intercourse without conception. It is important to know that the human species does not have a high reproductive power, there is talk of a 25% chance of pregnancy in sexual intercourse which coincided with the moment of ovulation of the woman. Approximately 1 in 6 fertile couples is affected by infertility (15% -17%).

Exams to find out if a member of the couple, or both, are not fertile

Evidence to determine infertility includes a medical history and a complete medical examination of both members of the couple. In the case of women, the basic tests are the basal hormonal study, ultrasound and hysterosalpingography, with the possibility of expanding the examinations depending on the patient’s case. To complete the diagnosis it is also necessary to evaluate, in the case of man, the quality of the sperm by means of a monogramming.