Medication during pregnancy
Due to hormonal changes during pregnancy, you may have issues with nasal congestion, indigestion, heartburn, constipation, or acne. This page contains a list of medications approved to treat these common issues.
- Avoid taking medication during pregnancy unless necessary
- Do not use Advil, Motrin, ibuprofen, or anti-inflammatory steroidal drugs
- Feel free to buy generic
For fever or headache:
DO NOT take more than 4000mg (4g) in a 24-hour period.
For nasal congestion or severe post nasal drip:
Pseudoephedrine (Sudafed) which is available from the pharmacist without a prescription. Do not use in your first trimester. After your first trimester, use very sparingly.
Guaifenesin (Robitussin or Mucinex)
Guaifenesin and dextromethorphan (Robitussin DM)
Try dietary changes: add fruits such as plums or other stone fruit. May use prunes.
- Stop eating bananas
- Drink plenty of water
- Add whole grain fiber or Fibercon, Metamucil, or Citrucel
- Avoid calcium supplements and Tums
- For medications: any over-the-counter stool softener such as docusate sodium which is called Colace. Other options include Metamucil, Citracel, and Benefiber, Milk of Magnesia, and Miralax
For heartburn or acid reflux:
Tums, Mylanta, or Maalox.
Ranitidine (Zantac) 150mg 2 times a day. Talk with your doctor if unimproved.
You can use over-the-counter face washes during pregnancy. They are safe to use - even those that contain salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide, since you only apply them briefly and wash them off immediately.
Do not use any skin products that contain retinoic acid.