Can I take an expectorant while pregnant?

Is expectorant safe during pregnancy?

Two major cough medication ingredients—dextromethorphan (a cough suppressant) and guaifenesin (an expectorant, which means it loosens up thick mucus)—both appear to be safe during pregnancy, although both have been tested in relatively few studies.

Can you take Mucinex expectorant while pregnant?

Ask your doctor before taking any cough remedies during your first trimester. Cough medicines and cough drops are generally regarded as safe during the second and third trimesters and include those containing dextromethorphan. Brand names are: Mucinex.

How do I break up mucus in my chest while pregnant?

These include:

  1. menthol rub on your chest, temples, and under the nose.
  2. nasal strips, which are sticky pads that open congested airways.
  3. cough drops or lozenges.
  4. acetaminophen (Tylenol) for aches, pains, and fevers.
  5. cough suppressant at night.
  6. expectorant during the day.

What Mucinex is safe for pregnancy?

Dextromethorphan. Dextromethorphan is a cough suppressant. It works by affecting the signals in the brain that trigger the cough reflex. According to the same source in American Academy of Family Physicians, dextromethorphan seems to be safe to use during pregnancy.

What can I take for congestion while pregnant?

Decongestant medications reduce stuffiness and sinus pressure by constricting the blood vessels in your nose, which reduces swelling. Pseudoephedrine and phenylephrine are available over the counter as Sudafed and are safe for many women to use during pregnancy.

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How can I get rid of mucus in my throat while pregnant?

Use steam to help loosen the mucus. Gargle with warm salt water to soothe a sore throat, or suck on throat lozenges. Slow down and relax. Rest can strengthen your immune system and help you fight the infection.

Can I have guaifenesin while pregnant?

Guaifenesin has been assigned to pregnancy category C. by the FDA. There are no controlled data in human pregnancy. Guaifenesin is only recommend for use during pregnancy when benefit outweighs risk.

What is a Mucinex pregnancy?

The active ingredient in products like Mucinex (guaifenesin) may help you get pregnant by making your cervical fluid wetter and more slippery, which makes it easier for sperm to travel through your cervix to fertilize an egg.

Should you spit out phlegm?

When phlegm rises from the lungs into the throat, the body is likely trying to remove it. Spitting it out is healthier than swallowing it. Share on Pinterest A saline nasal spray or rinse may help to clear out mucus.

Why do I have so much phlegm while pregnant?

For example, a higher level of estrogen during pregnancy can cause the lining of the nasal passages to swell, producing more mucus. You also have more blood circulating during pregnancy, which can make the tiny blood vessels inside your nose swell and lead to nasal congestion.