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Help? June 4, 2009

Filed under: Confusions — Aria @ 9:53 pm

Does anyone know what sleep drugs are safe during pregnancy? I need an escape for a couple days. Pre-pregnancy, I’d just drink half a bottle of NyQuil and call it a couple days, but can’t do that now. What can I take? Some total strangers have commented that I look ashen and gray. I’m on the edge of a nervous breakdown and feel so alone and need help and don’t know what to do.

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3 Responses to “Help?”

  1. emkj3606 Says:

    I was told that Benadryl/Unisom was the only thing that was safe to take while pregnant. If you’re still nauseous, you may be able to score a script for Phenergan which should knock you the hell out. But mostly, Benadryl it is.

  2. I’ve never taken any drugs to sleep. I use Celestial Seasoning’s Sleepytime tea. It is Camomile spearmint and two cups of it starting about an hour before I decide to go to sleep will do me in.

  3. psychohist Says:

    Here’s a site that seems to have some useful information:

    http://www.providence.org/Oregon/Health_Resource_Centers/Pregnancy_Center/AskAnExpert_Pregnancy_medicines.htm

    Insomnia is towards the bottom, under “Lunestra and other sleep aids”.

    If you want other advice, I would note that the modern western diet isn’t so great for nutrients, so if you aren’t doing it already, you might want to consider prenatal vitamins and making sure you’re getting enough omega 3 fats.

    The vitamins are just sort of to make sure you get whatever trace minerals you might not be getting in your diet.

    With respect to the fats, the human brain is made of about 60% fat. The fats need to be a proper balance of different types of fat, particularly omega 3s and omega 6s. A small amount of both these fats, in the proper ratio, are also required for proper brain function.

    Unfortunately, modern farmed foods of all types, from vegetable oils to meat, while high in omega 6s, are very low in omega 3s. If the baby can’t get enough of the right kinds of fat from the mother’s diet, they are provided from the major store of these fats in the mother’s body – the mother’s brain. This can cause mental effects such as depression.

    Elizabeth found that several omega 3 eggs per week helped a lot. Some people use fish oil capsules that have had the mercury and other contaminants removed. Fresh fish is a good source of omega 3s, but isn’t recommended for pregnant women because of the mercury.

    Just a thought.


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