Pregnancy – Common Complaints

During your pregnancy, you may suffer from common non-pregnant ailments.

  • Yeast Infection
  • If you have had a yeast infection in the past, you are familiar with the white curd-like discharge, itching and redness of the vagina and vulva. It is safe to use over-the-counter medications such as Monistat during pregnancy. Please follow the directions on the package using caution when inserting the applicator. Your symptoms should improve in 1-3 days. If the infection does not respond to the medication, it is necessary to schedule an appointment for evaluation.

  • Common Cold
  • It is certainly safe to take Tylenol. No aspirin or ibuprofen products should be taken during pregnancy. Sudafed, Zyrtec D, Allegra D or Claritin D are safe to take for congestion. Robitussin or Triaminic are also acceptable. In the event that you experience coughing at night that is keeping you from sleeping, Benadryl tablets or Robitussin DM may be taken. Follow the instructions on the package.

  • Heartburn
  • Heartburn is a common complaint during pregnancy. Avoid lying down after eating. Eat smaller meals, more frequently. Over-the-counter medications such as Tums, Maalox, Pepcid and Zantac are all safe to take during pregnancy. If you still have symptoms despite taking Zantac regularly and TUMS when needed, add Prevacid on a daily basis. Pepto-bismol is not recommended.

  • Swelling
  • It is common to have increased swelling of the hands, legs, and feet, especially as your pregnancy progresses. While this may not go away entirely until after the baby, there are a few things that may help. Elevate your legs above the level of your heart when you are able to rest. You should also be drinking plenty of water – approximately 8-10 8oz glasses of water daily, more if outside often during the summer & for intense exercise. Increase your intake of protein-rich foods and decrease your salt consumption. If the swelling is associated with calf pain or trouble breathing, call your doctor immediately.