Your May-Grant pregnancy care clinician will closely review the medications that you take and make recommendations (consulting with your primary care or specialist physicians as needed) on what is essential for you to continue taking during pregnancy and what you should discontinue until after your baby is born.
However, you may still sometimes need to take certain medications to maintain your comfort and health during pregnancy. The information below will help you understand what you can safely take occasionally for relief from colds, allergies, aches and pains, gastrointestinal symptoms, or pregnancy-specific symptoms such as morning sickness.
- Tylenol (regular, extra strength, or generic)
- Mylanta, Mylanta II
On the advice of your provider only, you may use:
For over-the-counter cold medications, check the labels carefully to ensure that they do not contain alcohol, sugar, caffeine, or aspirin. Medications that do not contain these ingredients may be taken as directed and for no more than seven days. If your symptoms last longer, contact your May-Grant clinician.
- Allergy Relief Medicine (ARM)
- Benadryl Plus
- Benadryl Tablet, capsules, liquid
- Chlor-Trimeton, Chlor-Trimeton LA
- Robitussin DM
- Sine-Off (without aspirin)
- Sinutab, extra strength, maximum strength (not Sinutab Allergy)
- Sudafed, Sudafed Plus Tablets, liquid Sudafed, Sudafed 12 hour
- Throat Lozenges
- Triaminic, Triaminic Cold, Nite Lite, Syrup, PM, 12 Hour
- Tylenol Sinus
For constipation, natural approaches often help, such as getting adequate exercise (walking is an excellent choice during pregnancy), eating plenty of fresh fruit and green leafy vegetables, and high-fiber foods. The following products are pregnancy-safe:
- Colace 50mg (one or two, twice daily)
- BRAT diet (banana, rice, applesauce, tea/toast)
- Imodium AD (no longer than 48 hours, and take no more than four caplets or eight teaspoons (40 ml) in 24 hours.
- Preparation H
- Sitz Bath
- Soaking in warm bath
Nausea/ Morning Sickness
- Ginger Root (2 tablets, 2-4 times per day)
- Small, frequent meals
- Vitamin B6 (50mg twice daily)
- 8–10 eight-ounce glasses of water per day