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CONSUMER REPORTS: Back to Basics For Safer Childbirth
Date:10/8/2008

reases women's risk of experiencing perineal injury, stitches, pain and tenderness, leaking stool or gas, and pain during sexual intercourse. Yet in 2005, 25 percent of women with vaginal births continued to experience this intervention. Episiotomy is one of several obstetric practices adopted into common usage before being adequately studied.

10 Drugs in OTC Medicines Pregnant Women Should Avoid

Drug Found in CR Recommendation Possible Alternative

Aspirin Excedrin 1st, 2nd, 3rd Tylenol

Migraine trimester: (Acetaminophen)

Not recommended

Bismuth Kaopectate; 1st, 2nd trimester: Imodium

Subsalicylate Pepto Bismol Use with caution (Loperamide)

3rd trimester:

Not recommended

Brompheniramine Dimetapp Cold 1st, 2nd trimester: Claritin

and Fever; Use with caution (Loratadine);

Dimetapp 3rd trimester: Zantac

Elixir Not recommended (Ranitidine)

Caffeine Excedrin 1st, 2nd. 3rd None

Aspirin-Free; trimester:

Excedrin Use with caution

Quicktabs CR Recommends:

Do not exceed 200

milligrams per day

to reduce risk of

miscarriage

Castor Oil -- 1st, 2nd. 3rd None

trimester:

Do not take --

unacceptable risk

Chlorpheniramine Chlor- 1st, 2nd trimester: Claritin

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