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What paracetamol Can I take ? D E S P E R A T I O N CALLS

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Shaiandbump Mon 22-Oct-12 18:16:42

Im around 9 weeks 4 days and I'm suffering beyond belief with these awful horrific headaches, they're
Making me so irritable and snappy I just wanna lie down in a dark room all day.... Which isn't possible because my DS Can talk the ears off anyone and i work. Doctor says I can take paracetamol but my issue is with the leaflets inside all the bloody paracetamol boxes says ' do not take if pregnant' anyone know which tablets I can actually take ? Without fearing I'm going to damage my lil bubba?

NotQuiteCockney Mon 22-Oct-12 18:18:55

The leaflets all say that, what they mean is 'don't sue us'. Paracetamol, afaik, is fine in pregnancy.

LikeCandy Mon 22-Oct-12 18:19:29

I don't want to give medical advixe but I will say that I have been taking a single paraceramol tablet at a timefor goddam awful headaches - I didn't even read the leaflet, my Dr said 'paracetamol is ok' so I've just been taking the smallest about to do the job!

BikeRunSki Mon 22-Oct-12 18:25:34

Take any, according to the appropriate dosage. Paracetamol is fine.

LollopingLil Mon 22-Oct-12 18:28:01

Paracetamol is fine, don't mess about only taking one though - take the full dose.

Have you considered a migracap OP? Possibly not for the office as they're extremely fetching grin, but you could wear it at home when a lie down isn't possible.

LollopingLil Mon 22-Oct-12 18:34:13

To reinforce my first point - its easy to get into a cycle of taking the minimum dose of several weeks/days. However, if you do that you're highly likely to give yourself rebound headaches. Better to take the maximum dose in a 24 hour period and knock it on the head (fnar fnar) than drag out the min dose over a longer period. That's true for anyone, pregnant or not.

Mine eased off at around 17-18 weeks this time. And after I had DS1 I had no headaches for nearly two years. That alone made getting knocked up with DS2 worth it grin (currently 21wks).

I also found acupuncture helpful last time, largely because it sent me to sleep.

rogersmellyonthetelly Mon 22-Oct-12 18:34:44

I swear I will see "do not use whilst pregnant" in cornflakes packets next!
Seriously, any plain old paracetamol is fine, just avoid anything with added extras like caffeine, or any combinations with ibuprofen in it.
If you see your dr he will likely prescribe cocodamol as a slightly stronger alternative if the paracetamol isn't providing relief.

PandaNot Mon 22-Oct-12 18:35:47

Paracetamol is fine.

stowsettler Mon 22-Oct-12 18:41:10

Been suffering with headaches all the way through, taking paracetamol as needed all the time. It's fine - both the GP and midwife have told me so.

Shaiandbump Mon 22-Oct-12 20:59:59

Ahh thanks guys with DS1 I was only 17 and I breezed through
The whole pregnancy and labour ... This pregnancy however has got me worrying about every little thing... Thank god for mumsnet lol

LollopingLil Mon 22-Oct-12 21:35:33

Slow, how frequently are you taking paracetamol?

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