Barry Littlejohn has been treating women for a wide range of health issues for many years. He has been practicing in Glendale, Arizona since 2008 and has become a trusted fixture in that city’s medical community.
He treats many pregnant women in his practice and has learned that this can be an exciting and anxious time in their lives. Most women, especially those who are expecting their first baby, have a lot of questions about what is going on with their bodies, and what they can expect as they await the birth of their little miracles.
One of the most common things that Barry Littlejohn hears from expectant mothers has to do with what they put in their bodies. Is it safe to take an aspirin for a headache? Or cold medicine for a stuffy nose? Is it okay to have a glass of wine with dinner?
Barry Littlejohn says that pregnant women should not take aspirin, ibuprofen, or related medications for a headache or any other symptom. Tylenol is okay, either regular or extra strength. For a stuffy nose, he says that Sudafed or Actifed is safe to take as a decongestant. It’s also safe to take Robitussin for a cough, throat lozenges for a sore throat, and Imodium for diarrhea.
But alcohol is a more complicated issue. Barry Littlejohn says that there is a clear link between heavy drinking during pregnancy and birth defects, and some doctors tell pregnant women not to drink at all. Anecdotal evidence is divided on this question, as Barry Littlejohn knows. Some women contend that a glass or wine or one beer now and then is not a cause for concern, while others say that it is simply too risky, and you are better off not drinking anything alcoholic during pregnancy. He says that while the jury is out on this question, it is always better to be safe than sorry.