What Medicines Can I Take While Pregnant?


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During pregnancy, women have to be very careful about what medications and prescription drugs that they take while they are pregnant. There are a few medications that are safe to take during pregnancy, but there are others that can really do some damage, and are not safe to take. It can be sort of confusing to remember which ones are which, so this article should help you to keep things straight. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

Safe headache medicine

It might actually be easier to tell you which medications ARE safe to take during pregnancy. Tylenol is usually safe to take, of course, when used following the directions precisely.

Safe for colds and allergies
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For colds and allergies, stick with a saline nasal spray, and for cough, use a dextromethorphan cough syrup like Robitussin or Vicks 44.

Safe for tummy troubles

If you have tummy troubles, such as indigestion or heartburn, you can try Tums, and for constipation, try Metamucil or Fiberall.


Safe natural treatments

Aside from these, try to stick to natural treatments, and even ask your doctor before using those, just to be safe. Rest assured that any prescription medications that your doctor prescribes will be safe to take and that your doctor will go the extra mile to make sure that any risks of the drug are better than the risk of not taking it.

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If you ever have any questions about what to take during pregnancy, don’t hesitate to give your doctor a call. After all, being safe is better than being sorry.

Unsafe headache remedies

Doctors advise that for pain relief, pregnant women should avoid Ibuprofen and Naproxen, so that takes Motrin, Advil, and Aleve out of the running. There have been studies that indicate taking these medications too close to the conception or during early pregnancy can cause miscarriage, so don’t take them!

Unsafe cough medicines

Also, make sure to avoid cough medicines that contain iodine, since these can damage the fetus. Be sure to steer clear of cough syrups that contain high alcohol levels as well.

Unsafe allergy medicine

For allergies, not much is known about meds like Claritin yet, so it is a good idea to steer clear of those just to be safe.

Unsafe for constipation

For any constipation problems, steer clear of any stimulant laxatives such as castor oil. As we all know, that can trigger labor.

Unsafe prescription drugs

As for prescription drugs, it is very unlikely that a doctor would prescribe something that could hurt you while you are pregnant, but, just in case, make sure to steer clear of the antibiotic Tetracycline after your fourth month of pregnancy, because it could potentially hurt your baby’s teeth.

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What to remember

The most important thing to remember in taking medicine during pregnancy is, if you don’t really need it, don’t take it. If you can tough out your heartburn, headache, or cold symptoms without medical assistance, you should just try to do that. Even though some medications have been shown to be safe during pregnancy, it’s always best to just skip the meds if you don’t really need them. Of course, always talk with your doctor before trying any medication during pregnancy, just to be on the safe side.

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Dr. Christine Lee, MD
Dr. Christine Lee, MD | ConceiveEasy
Dr. Christine Lee earned her Ph.D. in Developmental Biology and Master of Science in Biomolecular Organization. Dr. Lee is Lab Director for ConceiveEasy and is board certified as a High Complexity Laboratory Director (HCLD).