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Safe Medications for Pregnancy

Getting sick is tough enough to deal with when you aren’t pregnant, but having a baby inside your tummy presents unique challenges for moms who are battling an illness. Some of your go-to remedies may not be safe for your baby, like aspirin and ibuprofen. Tylenol is safe for headaches, back pain, and leg pain. Below you’ll find a complete list of medications considered to be safe during pregnancy, but before we get to that, here are some general tips for a healthy pregnancy:

Avoid ALL medication during the first 12 weeks of your pregnancy, unless recommended for a specific condition and approved by your OB.

Take prenatal vitamins daily, and take them with food if you get sick to your stomach.

Limit caffeine intake as much as possible. Two caffeinated drinks per day max.

Don’t drink alcohol during pregnancy. It’s bad for you and the baby.

Got morning sickness? Call the nurse if nothing stays in your stomach for more than 48 hours.

If you develop a fever, call the doctor if it exceeds 100.4° and Tylenol doesn’t help.

Medications that are SAFE during Pregnancy
  • Actifed
  • Anusol HC cream and suppositories 
  • Benadryl
  • Chloraseptic spray
  • Chlor-Trimeton
  • Citrucel
  • Claritin
  • Colace
  • Fibercon
  • Imodium AD
  • Kaopectate
  • Maalox Max
  • Metamucil
  • Milk of Magnesia or a Fleets enema
  • Mylanta Complete
  • Pepcid AC 
  • Pepcid AC
  • Pepcid Complete
  • Riopan
  • Robitussin
  • Robitussin DM
  • Sudafed
  • Throat lozenges
  • Triaminic
  • Tucks 
  • Tums
  • Tylenol - Extra Strength
  • Tylenol - Regular Strength
  • Tylenol Cold and Sinus
  • Tylenol PM
  • Zantac
Medications to AVOID during pregnancy
  • Aspirin
  • Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, etc.)
  • Naproxen (Aleve)

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