1st Trimester

allergy meds.

 I allergic to cats...  which OTC medicition are okay to take while pregnant.
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Re: allergy meds.

  • Plain Claritin and Plain Zyrtec (none with the D on the end)  If you need a decongestant, you can take Plain Sudafed.
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    Plain Claritin and Plain Zyrtec (none with the D on the end)  If you need a decongestant, you can take Plain Sudafed.

     Is okay to during 1st trimester

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  • I was told plain claritin or zretec only if you absolutely need it while in the first tri
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  • http://www.safefetus.com/Search.asp

    This is a great website.  It says  Claritin is safe (Class B), Sudafed is not (Class C) and Benadryl is (Class B). Class A drugs have been tested on pregnant women and found safe (not many, because pregnant women don't usually like to be experimented on),  Class B drugs have been tested on pregnant animals and been found safe, and Class C drugs have been tested on pregnant animals and been found to cause 'issues' (malformations, misscarriages etc), there are also class D drugs which have been tested on pregnant women and been found unsafe (also not a lot of these).

     I took Benadry during the first trimester after a severe allergic reaction- the pharmacist and dr told me it was fine.

  • Benadryl, Zyrtec and Claritin if needed. Remember if you are all congested and arent breathing well then neither is baby.  Take it if you need to.
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  • I use homeopathic histamine. I know, why would histamine work better than antihistamine? But it actually does and is much safer than OTC antihistamine, which I was told not to take. It is the same principle as receiving allergy shots. Do you have a cat in the house? If so, cleaning out the litter box is now daddy's job as cats carry a disease that is harmful to your developing baby.
  • I stay on my singulair while pregnant because I have asthma and need to breathe.  I know some use that as an allergy med too.

    my last pg my OB told me I could take benadryl, but only when needed.  Are you around cats all the time or just on occasion?

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  • I just went to the dr. the first time on Tuesday and asked this exact question. I had been taking Zyrtec and asked if it was safe to continue. She said it was a class B drug which was safe to use! Go for it!
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