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Vicks Vapor rub, okay?

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2/5/06 5:10 P

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I've used vapor rub during pregnancy before due to congestion and awful, spasmodic coughing. It sure helped me feel better, and never harmed the baby.

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2/5/06 3:43 P

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I am just coming off a cold as well. I used the vapor rub the whole time and it helped another idea is saline nasal spray which is non-medicated and very safe. Hope you can decongest soon!

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2/5/06 2:44 P

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I was a high risk pregnancy until the third trimester and I got a horrific cold during that time. My doctor told me to use sugar free cough drops, vapo rub and Childrens Dimetapp. It cleared up fast. My sister also has some Diabetic Tussin that was cleared for me to use because it is straight meds, no fillers (no dyes, no alcohol, none of that extra crap that is in regular robitussin).

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2/4/06 9:01 P

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When I was sick and called my health line they said I could put 2-3 drops of peppermint oil in a big bowl of hot water and steam (towel over the head) using this.

There are some people who would not use peppermint oil but my ob said that peppermint oil is in toothpast, candy, mouthwash, etc.. As long as it is diluted and you are not putting it directly on your skin or ingesting it in pure form it is safe.
But always do what you think is best or ask your ob!

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2/4/06 12:11 P

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i don't know for sure if it was the vapo rub or something else but one of the mentholatum products said on pack do not use if pg-could have been the outlet things or the showere soothers a friend was sick at 9 wk and we checked everything!

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2/3/06 8:20 P

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I found this on, so since you are in your 1st tri, I would check with yor dr's opinion:

The chart below lists over-the-counter medicines considered "low risk" for pregnant women to take for the occasional mild illness and mentions a few that are not safe. Of course, nothing can be guaranteed 100 percent safe for all women, so it's always a good idea to check with your doctor or midwife before taking any kind of medicine during pregnancy. Also remember that it's important not to take more than the recommended dose and, if possible, avoid taking anything during your first trimester when your growing baby is most vulnerable.
NOTE: If you have a question about the effects of prescription drugs or other things during pregnancy, go to the Web site for the Organization of Teratology Information Services. There you can find fact sheets on various drugs and exposures that can affect your baby as well as contact details for a teratology information service in your state.

Problem Safe to take
Indigestion, heartburn, gas, upset stomach Antacids for heartburn (Tums, Rolaids, Mylanta, Maalox)

Simethicone for gas pains (Gas-X, Mylicon, Phazyme)
Cough or cold Guaifenesin plus dextromethorphan (Robitussin DM, Benylin Expectorant, Vicks Cough Syrup)

Cough drops

Vicks VapoRub

Note that some cold remedies contain alcohol, so you may want to use them sparingly if at all. Avoid products that contain the decongestants pseudoephedrine and phenylephrine, which can affect blood flow to the placenta.
Pain relief, headache, or fever Acetaminophen (Tylenol, Anacin-3)
Allergy relief Chlorpheniramine antihistamine alone (Chlor-Trimeton allergy tablets)

Be careful not to use decongestant sprays more often than is recommended on the packaging, as they can damage nasal passages if used too frequently.
Constipation, hemorrhoids, and diarrhea Bulking products can be used regularly (Metamucil, Citrucel)

Laxatives and stool softeners (Colace, Dulcolax, milk of magnesia)

Hemorrhoid creams (Tucks, Preparation H, or Anusol)

Anti-diarrhea medication (Imodium)

Yeast infections and other fungal infections such as athlete's foot Miconazole (Monistat 3)

Clotrimazole (Gyne-Lotrimin 3, Mycelex 7, Cruex, Lotrimin AF, Desenex)

Tioconazole (Monistat 1, Vagistat 1)

Nystatin (Bio-Statin, Mycostatin, Nilstat)

Butoconazole (Gynazole 1, Femstat 3, Mycelex 3)

Butenafine (Lotrimin Ultra)
Insomnia Diphenhydramine (Benadryl, Nytol, Sominex-2)

Doxylamine succinate (Unisom Nighttime Sleep-Aid)
First-aid preparations Polysporin, Cortaid, Lanacort

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2/3/06 8:11 P

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I'm not sure- I would check with your nurseline maybe this weekend. I had a bad cold and my dr said no on anything like that. I have a humidifer that I wanted to put Vicks in and she said no, then I mentioned the sudafed plug ins and shower soothers and she also said no. So I'm really not sure. I know all dr's are different and have different opinions though. Maybe check out Vick's website too, they may have info!

Have you tried hot tea, or hot lemonade? That is always my favorite, but I'm sorry you are not feeling well!!

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2/3/06 8:10 P

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My doctor told me it was ok to use when i was pregnant. she also suggested adding a little to boiling water in a large bowl and putting a towel over my head and just breathing in the steam.

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