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Cough causing uneasiness when pregnant - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   hi i'm 29 weeks pregnant, can taking chesty cough medicine harm my unborn child
User :   hello
Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   since when do you have cough?
User :   it started at the weekend
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   do you have fever too?
User :   no
User :   but i have a blocked nose as well
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   anyexpectoration?
User :   not really
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   body ache?
User :   just aches from being pregnant
Doctor :   fine.
Doctor :   have you started any medicines for cough or consulted your doctor for this ?
User :   no but i've got some medicine of the counter, i read the label and it didn't say anything about not taking while pregnant
Doctor :   can I know the names of the same?
User :   its Asda own
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   may i know where you are located?
User :   in england, derbyshire
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   do you also have throat pain?
User :   no
Doctor :   I would advice not to take any medicines even over the counter medicines without consulting your doctor personally.
User :   but when i cough its starting to hurt the right side of my abdomen
Doctor :   Drugs which are safe for the baby will be prescribed to you .
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   cough must not be ignored
User :   so could the medicine i'm taking hurt my baby
Doctor :   could you please give me the complete name of the drug
User :   its benelin Chesty cough mixture
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   it is safe in pregnancy.
Doctor :   you could take it for now.
Doctor :   but , if you get symptoms like fever , cough aggrevating ,etc.
Doctor :   you must consult the doctor treating you.
Doctor :   due to continuous coughing , you may feel the rib pain.
User :   ok will do, i'm glad i'm not hurting my baby, because i was getting worried yesturday as i hadn't felt my baby move and when i did it was small movements
Doctor :   yes. its a good thing that the child is safe.
Doctor :   ok
User :   yes, i don't want to have to go through all the pregnancy only to loose her now
Doctor :   generally you must continue to keep track of the movements , which your doing now , if you feel there is something abnormal , you could report it to the doctor.
User :   i will do
Doctor :   I understand and agree with you.
User :   my midwife on thursday so hopefully everything will be ok
Doctor :   if you feel better with the medicine you are on , you need to worry.
Doctor :   yes, it must be fine.
Doctor :   make sure you take utmost care of yourself
User :   yeah i do i rest most of the day and only take the medicine when i have a really bad coughing spout
Doctor :   anytime you feel the cough is not improving but worsening do report it immediately.
Doctor :   yes , rest helps a lot.
User :   yeah i will do
Doctor :   i hope i have answered your query.
Doctor :   is there anything else that i could help you with?
User :   yes you have thankyou, you've put my mind at ease
Doctor :   thank you.Pleasure here.
Doctor :   have a safe confinement .
User :   no i think thats all the questions i need to ask thankyou
Doctor :   OK
Doctor :   thanks for consulting me.
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