How do medications treat pregnancy symptoms?

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In general, it is best to avoid using medications during pregnancy, but in some cases, medications may be used to treat symptoms associated with pregnancy. If nausea and vomiting are severe enough to cause weight loss or dehydration (a condition known as hyperemesis gravidarum), anti-nausea medications may be prescribed. Stool softeners rather than laxatives may be used to alleviate constipation and reduce hemorrhoids that can occur. Corticosteroid creams are sometimes used to sooth skin rashes associated with pregnancy.

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