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Your Health: Be cautious with cold remedies if expecting

DECATUR, AL (WAFF) -

This is the time of year when many of us reach for an over the counter cold remedy, but that could be dangerous if you're pregnant.

Over the counter cold remedies are generally hot sellers during the winter.  Most are considered safe, unless they interfere with other medications.

It's a different story if you're a "mommy to be."

"Women who are pregnant are not just taking medications themselves.  Their babies also get exposed to whatever medications that they take, and a lot of the cold remedies have multiple medications in them, some which are safe and some which aren't," said OB/GYN, Dr. Shelby Hill.

Most pregnant women are very cognizant about anything they eat or drink.  But medicines are also important.

Becki Johnson found that out when she had her first child.

"I believe there was only one time during the pregnancy that I was sick. It was actually the week I delivered, and they did end up calling me some medicine in because I did have a sinus infection.  But I did check with them first before I did anything," Johnson said.

"It's important to contact your physician.  Most of us have a list of improved medications to take in pregnancy. Make sure that's safe to take because a lot of them aren't safe to take while you're pregnant.  Many contain alcohol," said Dr. Hill.

Good things to know for your baby and "your health."

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