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Medication Safety During Pregnancy

Posted on May 2, 2024 at 12:15 PM by Gabrielson Clinic

Pregnancy brings with it questions about what medications are safe for you and your baby. In this blog, the team at The Gabrielson Clinic for Women provides advice on safely taking medication while pregnant.

For Fever, Pain, or Headaches

If you’re experiencing fever, pain, or headaches, it is safe to take Tylenol products. Do not take Aleve, Motrin, Aspirin, or Advil, and call your doctor if symptoms, especially fever, persist.

For Congestion or Allergies

If you’re congested, you can take Sudafed, Tylenol Severe Cold, or use Ocean Mist Nasal Spray. For allergies, you can take Actifed, Benadryl, Sudafed, or Chlor-Trimeton.

For a Sore Throat or Cough

Throat lozenges that do not contain zinc, such as Sucrets or Halls brand, can provide relief from a sore throat. You can also use Chloraseptic throat spray. For a cough, try Robitussin DM.

For Heartburn

There are several safe medications you can take to ease heartburn during pregnancy. It's safe to take Tums (up to four tablets in 24 hours), Maalox liquid, Mylanta, Gaviscon, or over-the-counter Zantac.

For Diarrhea

Increasing your fluid intake and avoiding dairy products can help with diarrhea, and so can over-the-counter Prilosec.

For Constipation

To resolve issues with constipation, you can increase your fiber and water intake, drink prune juice or pear juice, or try medications such as Milk of Magnesia, Metamucil, Senokot, or Colace. Increasing your activity level can also help with constipation.

For Hemorrhoids

If you’re suffering from hemorrhoids, adjusting your eating habits to increase your fiber and water intake can be helpful. You can also try drinking prune juice or pear juice. Medications that can help include Preparation H, Anusol, or Tucks hemorrhoid pads.

For Other Issues

If you require medication for other physical or mental health issues, it’s important to discuss these medications with your OB/GYN to ensure the safety of you and your baby. Additionally, discuss any supplements or homeopathic treatments, as some can contain ingredients that are unsafe for pregnant women. If you’re in doubt, you can always check with your OB/GYN.

Here to Answer All Your Questions

Whether you have questions about medication or other parts of the pregnancy journey, trust the team at The Gabrielson Clinic for Women to provide answers. We’re here to support you throughout your pregnancy. Contact us or make an appointment today!

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