Pregnancy: Those 40 long weeks of anticipation and excitement…and headaches, body aches, increased risk of urinary tract infections and any number of other not-so-exciting side effects.
The reality is, as much as you're loving your little bun in the oven, there are aspects of the experience that aren't a whole lot of fun. And when you add to that the fact that everything you put in your body is shared with your baby, the options for using medications to treat normal (and sometimes not-so-normal) pregnancy aches and pains are pretty limited.
But good ole over-the-counter acetaminophen, the trusty steed of the pharmacy aisle, has always been considered safe. Certainly, no doctor would recommend you overuse the painkiller, but in instances where you just can't shake a headache, or a fever has you laid up in bed, the typical recommendation during pregnancy has been to pop a couple of Tylenol and let the pills do their work.
"It's estimated that about 60 percent of pregnant women take Tylenol sometime in pregnancy. It's really the only pain reliever and fever reducer that is safer than other medications," said