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can I take paracetamol while pregnant?

(14 Posts)
gingerninja Fri 03-Oct-08 12:48:07

Just that really. I'm 15 weeks and have ahad a shocking headache for two days. Happy to try alternative rememdies if people have any suggestions.

belgo Fri 03-Oct-08 12:48:42

yes you can take paracetamol.

jette Fri 03-Oct-08 12:50:59

Its practically the ONLY thing you can take..

Sazisi Fri 03-Oct-08 12:52:40


I always got headaches around that stage of pregnancy too; are you taking any iron supplements?

gingerninja Fri 03-Oct-08 13:01:29

thanks, it's a real skull crusher and I've been trying to just grin a bare it but every time I move my head ahh.

I'm taking a pregnancy multivit thing which I guess has iron in it but I'm quite a headachey person anyway.

belgo Fri 03-Oct-08 13:02:28

make sure you keep yourself well hydrated and eat regulary

gingerninja Fri 03-Oct-08 13:04:57

Thans belgo, I'm drinking more the last couple of days tryng to stave it off and there is no fear of me not eating

belgo Fri 03-Oct-08 13:07:22

is there anyone who can give you a head massage?

fragola Fri 03-Oct-08 14:05:42

I had horrible headaches up until about 18 weeks, then they just stopped.

have you tried those 4-head strip things that stick to your head? They don't make the headache go away, but they make it a little more bearable.

hannahsaunt Fri 03-Oct-08 14:23:24

You can also take codeine based products - I was prescribed fairly heavy duty ones when laid low for days at a time with the most dreadful migraines when pg with ds3. Ask your local chemist in the first instance.

BabyBaby123 Fri 03-Oct-08 14:27:07

i wanted to take some the other day for my cold - pharmacist said 2 paracetamol 2-3 times a day but 1 is better smile

gingerninja Fri 03-Oct-08 15:27:14

Thanks all, headache is manageable again after a lunch time outing and some fresh air but I'll remember for future.

Belgo a head massage sounds lovely, colleagues aren't obliging tho.

Honeymoonmummy Fri 03-Oct-08 19:04:34

Yeah, I was prescribed mild codeine too. Apparently its in the same family of drugs as pethedeine.

TamTam29 Sat 04-Oct-08 16:02:22

Did you know that you can take parracytomal in the early stages of labour??

Also stock up for post-birth as it is the only painkiller you can take if breastfeeding & you wioll need it in those early days!

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