DO NOT TAKE ANY MEDICATIONS DURING THE FIRST THREE MONTHS OF YOUR PREGNANCY WITHOUT YOUR DOCTOR';S PERMISSION!!! This includes all prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, vitamins, herbs, laxatives, cold remedies, simple pain remedies and others. For the sake of your unborn child as well as for your own welfare avoid completely marijuana, cocaine, tobacco, alcohol, narcotics, tranquilizers, sleeping pills, or any other mind-altering drugs. The safest course to follow during pregnancy is to take nothing except nutritious food and beverages.
The first trimester is when the organs and body systems of your baby are forming. It is imperative that you do not ingest anything that may interfere with the process. There are medications that you can safely take during pregnancy when used according to package recommendations:
- Fever, Muscle Aches, Headaches & Backaches: Tylenol or Extra Strength Tylenol
- Allergies: Claritin, Allegra and chlorpheniramine
- Congestion, Runny Nose, Colds & Allergies: Actifed, Sudafed*, Chlortrimetron, Tylenol Cold, Benadryl, Vicks Inhaler
- Coughs: Robitussin DM
- Diarrhea: Kaopectate
- Heartburn: Maalox, Mylanta, Tums, Pepcid or Zantac
- Constipation: Metamucil, Colace, Fibercon, Milk of Magnesia, Citrucel, Fiberall
- Yeast Infection: Antifungal (Monistat, Gyne-Lotrimin, and Mycelex)
- Hemorrhoids: Preparation H, Tucks, Nupercainal, Anusol, under Hemorrhoid Proctocreme
- Sore Throat: Chloraceptic Spray or Lozenges, Plain Sucrets
- Sinus Infection/Ear Infection/Persistent Sore Throat, Etc.: If you are suffering from a persistent sore throat, or think you may have a sinus or ear infection, we suggest that you see your family doctor. Antibiotics such as penicillin, cephalosporin, erythromycin, Bactrim, Macrodantin, and Zithromax are considered safe in pregnancy. If antibiotics are required to treat the infection and your family doctor is uncertain about the safety of a particular antibiotic in pregnancy, they may call our office. Many antibiotics are safe to take in pregnancy, though we prefer not to prescribe them unless medically necessary.
* Do not take if you are suffering from high blood pressure
Last Updated: 10/25/2013