Aches and pains are common during pregnancy, as the body changes shape to accommodate the increasing size and weight of the uterus. But when discomfort progresses to aches and pains, what medications can expectant mothers use for relief?
Moms-to-be can use selected painkiller options available, but as with everything else during pregnancy, diligence is necessary and medication should be used with caution and guidance from a doctor or gynaecologist.
Acetaminophen or paracetamol, is considered safe to use during pregnancy primarily for headaches, fever, aches, pains and sore throat. It can be used during all three trimesters of pregnancy.
Aspirin and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication should not be taken during pregnancy as it can cause problems for both the mother and the fetus. It can also be linked to complications during labour.
According to Rodale's Balancing Pregnancy & Work, the good news is that migraines and other severe headaches may in fact be less frequent or disappear completely during pregnancy, due to the hormonal changes involved.