Pregnancy and Medications

The following medications/remedies can be used during pregnancy as needed, and should be taken according to the directions on the package.

Allergies: Benadryl, Claritin

Congestion: Dimetapp, Benadryl, nasal spray - Sudafed or Actifed

Constipation: Metamucil, Citrucel, Milk of Magnesia, Colace

Cough: Throat lozenges, Robitussin

Diarrhea: Clear liquids, Imodium AD, Kaopectate

Heartburn: Tums, Maalox, Gaviscon, Zantac, Pepcid, Tagamet

Hemmorrhoids: Tucks, Preparation H, Anusol HC

Nausea: Sea Bands, ginger tea, Vitamin B6, Unisom (not gelcap)

Pain: Tylenol - regular or extra strength

Sleeplessness: Benadryl, Tylenol PM

Sore Throat: Saline gargle, Chloraseptic throat spray

  • For any other medications you may wish to take (including herbal remedies), please contact our office or ask about the medication's safety at your next prenatal visit.
  • We also recommend that you limit products containing caffeine.
  • Alcohol use during pregnancy has been associated with severe birth defects, including mental retardation. No safe level of alcohol has been demonstrated.
  • Cigarette smoking and second-hand smoke during pregnancy can cause low birth weight, prematurity, respiratory problems, and sudden infant death syndrome in newborns. Smoking has been associated with preterm labor and placental abruption, potentially life-threatening complications of pregnancy.