Is It Safe To Take Benadryl While Pregnant Or Breastfeeding?

When you become pregnant, you immediately have to avoid eating or using multiple things that had previously never been an issue. This includes (but not limited to) alcohol, certain fish, paint and so much more. So when it comes to medication, it may feel as though you won't be able to take much of anything. But that's not necessarily true.

If you suffer from allergies, rest assured- Benadryl is safe to consume while you're pregnant or breastfeeding. If you find yourself suffering from allergies, hay fever, nausea/ vomiting and/or sleep issues, Benadryl is a safe option for treating these symptoms.

"[Benadryl] is a category B medication [a classification from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, AKA the FDA], which means no evidence of risk in human pregnancies is known," explained Martha Rac, MD, and an assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the Baylor College of Medicine.


In the past, it was believed that using Benadryl during the first trimester would lead to birth defects. But now we know that's not the case. In fact, one study from 2013 looked at 20 000 infants- with 13 213 having birth defects and 6982 who didn't. Researchers then looked into mothers who used antihistamines such as Benadryl during the first trimester. As it turns out, there was no connection found between a pregnant woman taking antihistamines and having a baby who was born with some sort of birth defect.

It's important to remember that, should you take Benadryl while pregnant or breastfeeding, that you don't take too much of it. You can take one to two regular Benadryl pills every four to six hours. Also, don't exceed the maximum daily dose. Even if your symptoms make everything feel unbearable, there is such a thing as taking too much. But of course, no one should have to suffer from allergies or hay fever on top of all the symptoms and challenges that come from being pregnant. You're more than allowed to find some relief.

"Certain medications, if used properly, can not only make the pregnancy more tolerable but also improve outcomes," Rac added.

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