Safe Pregnancy Medications

Safe Medications for Minor Discomforts of Pregnancy

In general, it is best to avoid any medications during the first twelve (12) weeks of pregnancy. If you are taking a prescription, we should be notified as soon as possible.

NAUSEA
Small frequent meals
Ginger ale/sprite , fruit drinks or hot tea
Sweet fruit syrup from canned fruits (pears/peaches)
Bland foods (crackers, BRAT diet: bananas, rice, applesauce, toast)
Vitamin B6 100mg tablet
Sea bands (form of acupuncture)
Avoid greasy/fatty/spicy foods
Sit upright after meals
Emetrol (if not diabetic)
Prescription antiemetics
PAINHEARTBURN, INDIGESTION, GAS
Intermittent heating pad
Massage
Stretching exercises
Codeine (by prescription only)
Acetaminophen for minor pains & headaches
- Regular or Extra Strength 2 every 6 hours as needed

DO NOT USE:
Aspirin
Advil
Motrin
Aleve
Sit upright after meals
Tagamet
Tums or Rolaids Zantac
Maalox
Pepcid AC
Mylanta (safe to use for 1st 12 weeks)
Simethicone (Gas-X, Mylicon, Phazyme)

DO NOT USE:
Pepto-Bismol (has aspirin)
COUGH/COLDSDECONGESTANTS
Gargle warm salt-water
Chloraseptic throat lozenges
Cepacol/Sucrets throat lozenges
Robitussin/Dextromethorphan (nonproductive cough)
Robitussin DM/Dextrometh&Guaifenesin (productive cough)
Sudafed/Pseudoephedrine Robitussin CF
Mucinex or Nasalcrom nasal spray
Ocean Mist nasal spray (saline solution)
Afrin nasal spray (if no history of hypertension)
ALLERGIES AND RASHESINSOMNIA (unable to sleep)
Oatmeal baths (Aveeno)
Caladryl lotion/cream
Sudafed/Pseudoephedrine
Hydrocortisone ointment/cream
Benadryl oral or ointment/cream
Claritin
Zyrtec
Allegra
Warm milk
Chamomile tea
Mild sedative (like Ambien, by prescription only)
Benadryl
Tylenol PM
TOOTHACHEYEAST INFECTIONS
Orajel
May see dentist, have cavity filling w/ Novocain,
have dental exam with lead shield covering abdomen.
Monistat (Do not insert applicator too far)
Terazol (Do not insert applicator too far)
Diflucan (by prescription, after 12 weeks)
SWEETENERSCONSTIPATION
NutraSweet or Equal (avoid if PKU)
Sunett
Splenda
Stevia

DO NOT USE:
Sweet & Low (crosses placenta)
Colace
Fibercon
Citrucel
Benefiber
Metamucil
Milk of Magnesia
Fiberall
Senekot
DIARRHEAHEMORRHOIDS
Imodium AD
Follow the BRAT diet (banana, rice, applesauce, toast)
Kaopectate
Preparation H
Anusol HC ointment
Tucks pads
Witch hazel
LICE TREATMENTS
RID
Nix
DO NOT USE:
Kwell

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