By Dr. Sarah G. Khan, a retail pharmacist and resident pharmacist at DietsInReview.com.
By this point in your life, you probably know what to take when you get the sniffles. When you’re pregnant, it’s a whole different ballgame. Many mommies-to-be are nervous about the kinds of medications they can take, while some will go without entirely and just grin and bear it.
I am an advocate to any pregnant women because I don’t think anyone should have to suffer if there are treatment options available. Your obstetrician, or OB, will provide you with a list but it’s probably not all inclusive. My OB gave me a list and I found that there were lots of things I could add that would be safe.
When I recommend something it’s important for me to know what pregnancy category it is. There are five different pregnancy categories: A,B,C,D and X.
Category A is shown to be safe in humans and animals. It’s not very common because clinical trials are normally not conducted in pregnant women to determine safety.
Category B is what most drugs fall under and are safe in the animals they are tested on.
Category C is only to be given if the benefit of being on the drug outweighs the potential risk it could have to the fetus.
Categories D and X are the two categories that will mostly likely have risks and effect the mom or fetus.
Personally, I always recommend Bs, but encourage you to contact your OB if you want to take something from category C. Most pharmacists would call even if your doctor sent us a prescription that is category C. We like to be extra cautious with the precious cargo you have on board! continue reading