Medications During Pregnancy

No medication is proven completely safe in pregnancy. Therefore, please use any medication only when absolutely necessary for the shortest duration possible. Below is a list of medications that you may find helpful for treating common ailments that may present during pregnancy. All of the medications listed are over the counter and do not require a prescription. Unless specifically noted otherwise, use medications as they appear on product packaging.

Tylenol (acetaminophen), local heat
Sudafed (2nd and 3rd trimester)
  • Avoid spicy or greasy foods
  • Avoid large meals at bedtime
  • Antacids: Tums, Maalox
  • Reflux: Pepcid
  • Elevate head of bed

Best avoided by good hydration (plenty of water) and dietary bran and fiber
Colace, Metamucil, and Citrucel are stool softeners and may be used
For severe constipation, Milk of Magnesia may be used

Warm, relaxing baths
Use pillows to adjust for comfort
Benadryl, Tylenol PM, or Unisom

Benadryl, Cortisone
Claritin, Benadryl
Preparation H, Anusol
Rest and increase fluid intake
Use a humidifier or vaporizer
Benadryl or Claritin, Robitussin, Tylenol (3 regular strength or 2 extra strength) and saline nasal spray may be used
Afrin may cause rebound congestion and should be used sparingly
Sudafed may be used after the first trimester
Try to use alcohol free products
  • Increase fluid
  • Use Tylenol as directed (3 regular or 2 extra strength every 4-6 hours as needed)
  • Call the doctor/midwife if your fever exceeds 101 degrees

Gargle with warm salt water 4 times/day
Chloraseptic spray or lozenges

  • Eat smaller, more frequent meals
  • Keep Saltine crackers on your bedside table and eat first thing before you get out of bed
  • Increase fluids and protein
  • Ginger snaps, tablets, or tea
  • Sea Bands – acupressure therapy
  • ½ Unisom tablet and 25mg Vitamin B6 every 8hrs
  • Call if you cannot tolerate any oral intake
  • Heating pad (do not sleep on pad)
  • Exercises/stretches
  • Maternity support belt
  • Use massage or warm bath
  • Use Tylenol as directed
  • Tylenol
  • Rest in a quiet dark place
  • Try a small amount of caffeine
  • Cold cloth to nose with pressure
  • Use a humidifier
  • Apply Vaseline to the insides of your nostrils

If you have itching and white discharge, you may try Monistat
Chronic moisture from normal discharge or urinary leakage can cause irritation, Desitin may help. Chronic pantiliner use may worsen irritation by chafing and should be used sparingly. Wear breathable fabric underwear like cotton.