Being pregnant can be a difficult time when you are healthy. It can be even harder when you aren’t feeling good. It’s scary to think about taking any sort of medication/drug when you are pregnant since everything you put in your body gets carried to your developing little one.

My advice is to try your best to fight whatever you have (cold, headache, allergies, etc.) on your own. Most of the time, your body knows what it’s doing and will fight it off naturally, it might just take some time. In some cases though, it may be too much for you to handle. There are safe medications for pregnancy out there, just make sure you know what you are taking before you take them!

To help you with this, I’ll list out safe medications for pregnancy based on the condition. If you are still wondering about a condition and medication that is safe for you to take, reach out to your doctor. This is the best way to get your questions answered, since your doctor is the one that knows your body and your pregnancy!

These are over-the-counter medicines that are safe to use during your pregnancy. I’ll list the condition first and then the medications that are safe to use. Just note though, brand names and ingredients can change. So in parentheses I will list the generic name for the medication, use this when looking for medicines. Again, if you have any more questions, reach out to your doctor or ask at the pharmacy!

Acne

Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser

CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser

Glytone (benzoyl peroxide)

Allergies

Alavert or Claritin (loratadine)

Benadryl (diphenhydramine)

Zyrtec (certirizine)

Constipation

Citrucel or Unifiber (methylcellulose)

Colace (docusate sodium)

ex-lax Maximum Strength Stimulant Laxative (sennosides)

Fiber Caplets or FiberCon (calcium polycarbophil)

Metamucil (psyllium)

ClearLax, MiraLAX (polyethylene Glycol 3350)

Cough (alcohol-free syrup)

Vicks Nature Fusion Cough (dextromethorphan hydrobromide)

Delsym 12-hour extended-release suspension (dextromethorphan polistirex)

Coricidin HBP Chest congestion and cough or Adult Robitussin Peak Cold Cough and Chest (dextromethorphan, guaifenesin)

Mucines (guaifenesin)

Diarrhea

Imodium (loperamide)

Fever

Tylenol (acetaminophen)

*with this, take 650 mg every 4 hours for a temp higher than 100.4. If you continue to have a temp for longer than 12 hours, call your doctor.

Gas

Gas-X chewable tablets or Maalox Anti-Gas (simethicone)

Mylanta Maximum Strength Liquid or Maalox Advance Maximum Strength Liquid (aluminum hydroxide, magnesium hydroxide, simethicone)

Heartburn

Gaviscon (aluminum hydroxide, magnesium carbonate

Maalox tablets or Rolaids or Titralac or Tums (calcium carbonate) **take less than 2,000 mg

Maalox Advanced Regular Strength Liquid or Mylanta Regular Strength Classic Liquid (aluminum hydroxide, magnesium hydroxide, simethicone)

Pepcid AC (famotidine)

Zantac (ranitidine)

Hemorrhoids

Anusol-HC hemorrhoidal ointment or Preparation H Hydrocortisone (hydrocortisone)

Preparation H (phenylephrine, pramoxine, glycerin, petrolatum)

Tucks pads (witch hazel)

Nausea, Vomiting, Motion Sickness

Dramamine (dimenhydrinate)

Ginger tabs (ginger)

Vitamin B-6 *take 25 mg 4 times a day

Sea-Band

Unisom SleepTabs (doxylamine succinate) *take 1/2 of 25 mg tablet and 25 mg of vitamin B-6 3-4 daily

Pain

Tylenol (acetaminophen) – do not take more than 4,000 mg in 24 hours

*do not take Ibuprofin

Rash

Aveeno Soothing Bath Treatment (colloidal oatmeal)

Caladryl Clear lotion (pramoxine, zinc acetate)

Calamine lotion (calamine, zinc oxide)

Cortaid 1% cream (hydrocortisone)

Gold Bond Medicated Anti-itch Cream (menthol, pramoxine)

Benadryl (diphenhydramine) *take one 25-50 mg pill 3-4 times per day

Sinus Congestion & Cold

Chlor-Trimeton (chlorpheniramine)

Coricidin HBP Chest Congestion & Cough (dextromethorphan, guaifenesin)

Ocean Mist Nasal Spray (saline nasal sprays)

***avoid all products with phenylpropanolamine and phenylephrine

Sleep Problems

Unisom SleepTabs (doxylamine succinate)

Tylenol PM (acetaminophen, diphenhydramine HCI)

Sore Throat

Cepacol Maximum Strength Sore Throat Spray or Sucrets lozenges (dyclonine hydrochloride)

Chloraseptic lozenges (benzocaine) *do not take longer than 2 days

Halls or Robitussin lozenges (menthol)

Vicks lozenges with honey (dextromethorphan hydrobromide)

Ricola Natural Herb Cough Drops

Vaginal Yeast Infection

Gynazole-1 (butoconazole)

Gyne-Lotrimin (clotrimazole)

Monistat 7 vaginal cream (miconazole)

Again, if you have other conditions that weren’t listed or are wondering about a different medication, ask your doctor or the pharmacy. Always double check what you are taking before you take something. Just remember, you are growing a baby and what you take carries on to your baby. So if you can, try to let your body fight it off naturally. If you just can’t seem to kick it, take one of the medications listed above. But again, in moderation. Hope this helps!

All the best,

Abby

abby@mommabearsknowbest.com

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