Healthy Eating

Nausea and vomiting in pregnancy
RWH Nausea Fact Sheet

PANDA (Postnatal & Antenatal Depression Association) - 9481 3377
Parent Line - 132 289
Poisons Information Line (24 Hours) - 131 126
Drug Information Help Line (RWH) - 8345 3190

Epworth Freemasons Hospital
tel: 9418 8188

St. Vincent’s Hospital
tel: 9418 8188

The Royal Women’s Hospital
web: RWH Fact Sheets
tel: 8345 2000

Prenatal Testing
web: VCGS Prenatal Testing

Medicines and Pregnancy
web: RWH Medicines in Pregnancy

Gestational Diabetes
web: Diabetes Australia

Settling your baby
tel: 9689 1577

Australian Breastfeeding Association
tel: 9885 0855

Rebecca Glover – Breastfeeding without pain

Australian Lactation Consultants Association
tel: 9439 5694

The Royal Children’s Hospital
tel: 9342 5522

Coughs & colds in pregnancy

While most upper respiratory tract infections are viral and self limiting they can make life pretty miserable for you, especially if they disturb sleep. Many pharmacists will unfortunately tell you there is nothing available but there are some safe options. Rhinocort nasal spray is fine, as are most over the counter cough lozenges. Polaramine is an anti-histamine which you can use at night as a decongestant , but be careful as it can be quite sedating. Codeine Phosphate can help with a dry cough. The most important meds to avoid are those containing pseudo-ephedrine, found in most ‘cold & flu’ tabs. Regular paracetomol, honey & lemon drinks & good old-fashioned 'Vicks Vapo-rub' can also be used to help with symptoms.