Being pregnant can make you more susceptible to conditions such as a sore throat, but you can’t take any sort of medication without medical supervision from your health-care provider. This means that you’re often left looking for ways to cope with your symptoms without using medicine that can harm your baby. Choose medicines which are known to be safe, or call your doctor if you have any questions.
If you are experiencing a sore throat, you can take certain over-the-counter pain medications to help you feel better. While ibuprofen is generally not safe while pregnant, acetaminophen is safe to take. If your sore throat seems to persist or get worse over time, make an appointment to visit your doctor who will be able to prescribe an antibiotic if the sore throat is the result of something more than the common cold, such as streptococcus.
You should never take any type of cold medicine while pregnant, unless with the express permission of your health-care provider. Cold medicines don’t only offer pain relief, but can also be cough suppressants, decongestants and expectorants, some of which may not be safe for pregnancy. Err on the side of caution and take only acetaminophen along with any other medicine that your doctor has prescribed.
If you don’t want to take any over-the-counter medicine to combat your sore throat, look to homeopathic medicine to give you some relief without the use of drugs. A tea made with lemon and honey can be very soothing to your throat. Gargling with warm salt water three times per day can kill any bacteria festering in your throat. A hot shower or a misting humidifier will keep your throat moist and reduce the pain. Add some eucalyptus to a pot of boiling water and breathe in some of the steam. These remedies are safe when you are pregnant and highly effective.