How can I treat intestinal worms if I am pregnant?

If you are pregnant, it is always best to check with the doctor treating you during your pregnancy before beginning any kind of treatment, whether you plan to take over the counter medication, medication prescribed by another doctor, or home remedies. Home remedies are generally considered safe for everyone, but this is not true — many ingredients in home remedies have a complex mix of compounds, and while some of the compounds may be beneficial for your problem, there may be other compounds that could harm you in certain situations.

With intestinal worms, treatment depends to some extent on the kind of worms you have. The most common intestinal worms include pinworms, tapeworms, and hookworms. Worms can be quite difficult to get rid of, and since you are pregnant, this complicates the problem as treatment options will be more limited. De-worming medication, usually available over the counter, is usually the most effective, but you will need to check whether you can use these drugs. If not, you will need to try some home remedies, but just run these by your doctor too, to be on the safe side. Garlic is supposed to be useful against worms — chew a clove of garlic before each meal, and another after. Other commonly recommended home remedies include a mixture of apple cider vinegar and water (one tablespoon in a glass of water), and raw papaya juice.

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