Pregnancy weakens the immune system and makes the body vulnerable to the risks for infections and allergies. Allergies may cause cold, coughing and other problems. They should be treated. Pregnant women can take Benadryl, as it is allowed to pregnant women.
What is Benadryl?
Benadryl is an antihistamine drug. It is used to treat allergy symptoms. It is also known as diphenhydramine and helps block the effects of histamine that occur in the body.
Benadryl is indicated for the treatment of allergy symptoms, such as a runny nose, itching, sneezing, lacrimation, rashes and hives.
Sometimes it is prescribed to pregnant women, suffering from anxiety.
Each pregnancy is unique, so a doctor should monitor the common state of a woman and prescribe Benadryl, if the benefits outweigh the risks.
Some research has set up that when a pregnant woman takes Benadryl, the drug penetrates the placenta and gets into her child’s organism. However, there are not any arguments that prove the development of any negative risks for the child and his future health. It doesn’t contribute to the occurrence of autism in children, whose mothers took the drug during pregnancy.
As for the dosage, it is prescribed to take 25-50 mg orally to pregnant women once per six hours in the first trimester of pregnancy. In the second trimester and the third trimester it shouldn’t be more than 25 mg per six hours.
Benadryl Side Effects
Possible side effects are dizziness and drowsiness. It isn’t recommended to drive a car and drink alcohol, as it will worsen the drowsiness.
It’s necessary to consult a doctor about the exact safe dosage for you. Overdose, especially in the first trimester of pregnancy, can increase the risk for cleft lip or palate in an unborn baby. Taking a dose of 150 mg a day can lead to symptoms of abstinence in the child.