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Is Duphaston & Nifedipine Safe During Pregnancy?

Careline

Arora Valley answered:

Thanks for your question! Our Healthcare Expert will be answering some questions every week but in the meantime, here's a little tip from our Careline! Cervical funnelling is when the upper part or your cervix begins to dilate & shorten. It may sometimes cause premature birth during the third trimester or can ultimately lead to a miscarriage. Most doctors will put a woman with funnelling of the cervix on strict bed rest. In order to prevent premature labor, your doctor may recommend Nifedipine which is a calcium-channel blocker that is used to slow or stop contractions of the uterus until the pregnancy reaches a less-risky stage such as 34 weeks, or up to 37 weeks. Being dehydrated can cause your uterus to start contracting. Hence, be sure to drink at least eight glasses of water or other caffeine-free beverages each day. Drink even more when the weather is warm, even if you are indoors. You should be drinking enough that it makes your urine clear. In addition, a healthy and balanced diet coupled with lots of relaxation is vital too. The medicines prescribed and treatment given is best decided by your obstetrician

Specialists

Claudine Tan answered:

Nifedipine is a medication that is commonly used in pregnancy to inhibit contractions of the uterus. When it is used in therapeutic doses, no specific abnormalities in the fetus have been linked to it. Duphaston is a progesterone supplement also given to prevent preterm labour. Whether you should take the medication or not would be best guided by your obstetrician as he/she would know your pregnancy progress and severity of symptoms.

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