What happens if you take Pepto-Bismol while pregnant?
The active ingredient in Pepto-Bismol is bismuth subsalicylate. According to a 2014 review in American Family Physician, you should avoid taking Pepto-Bismol during the second and third trimesters of your pregnancy. This is because it raises your risk of bleeding problems when you take it closer to delivery.
What can I take for upset stomach while pregnant?
Over-the-Counter Medications Safe to Take During Pregnancy
- Antacids (Tums, Rolaids, Mylanta, Maalox, Pepcid, Prevacid)
- Simethicone (Gas-X, Mylicon for gas pain, Gaviscon)
- Immodium or BRAT diet (bananas, rice, applesauce, toast or tea) for diarrhea.
Is Pepto-Bismol safe during early pregnancy?
The FDA recommends against using Pepto Bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) during pregnancy. According to a recent review in the journal American Family Physician, pregnant women especially shouldn’t take this medicine in the second or third trimesters because of an increased risk of bleeding problems.
Can Pepto-Bismol cause birth defects?
Talk to your doctor or midwife about any medicines you take if you are thinking about having a baby or if you are pregnant. Some of the over-the-counter medicines that increase the chances of birth defects are: Bismuth subsalicylate (such as Pepto-Bismol). Phenylephrine or pseudoephedrine, which are decongestants.
Can an upset stomach affect my unborn baby?
Your pregnant body has many natural defences that help protect your baby. So it’s very unlikely that your baby will be harmed by a short-lived tummy bug, even if you’re vomiting and have diarrhoea.
Why is my stomach so upset while pregnant?
It’s very common — and normal — to have an upset stomach when you’re pregnant. Chalk it up to pregnancy’s hormonal changes. It usually happens early in pregnancy, while your body is adjusting to the higher hormone levels.
What causes stomach upset during pregnancy?
Mild stomach pain in early pregnancy (during the first 12 weeks) is usually caused by your womb expanding, the ligaments stretching as your bump grows, hormones constipation or trapped wind.