Medications for Pregnant Women

The following medications have been taken during pregnancy and have not been shown to cause birth defects. Even so, we recommend not using any medication unless necessary. If you take a medication routinely for a medical problem and are unsure about the medication, please contact our office prior to discontinuing that medication. Take all medications according to the manufacturers directions listed on the bottle unless otherwise directed by your physician.

SYMPTOMS

MEDICATIONS

Headache, fever Tylenol, Extra Strength Tylenol, Acetominophen, Anacin 3
Cold, stuffy head Sudafed  tablets (decongestant)
Stuffy, runny nose Actifed (decongestant & antihistamine, Teldrin, Contact, Benadryl, Chlortrimetron, Sudafed Plus. Avoid nasal sprays.
Cough Cough drops: Halls, Vicks, or lemon drops, Robitussin DM.
Sore Throat Lozenges: Cepacol, Chloraseptic
Warm salt water gargle
Heartburn, gas, sour stomach Maalox, Mylanta, Rolaids, Tums, Riopan liquid or tablets (low salt)
Constipation Stool softeners - Metamucil (natural bulk), Colace, Surfak, Fibercon.
Laxatives - Milk of Magnesia, Pericolace, Doxidan.

* Avoid dairy products and stop prenatal vitamins until diarrhea subsides. If not resolved in 24-36 hours, call the office. *

Diarrhea Kaopectate, Immodium (Call for prescription if needed)
Nausea, vomiting Tums, Emetrol (Call for prescription if needed) Phenergan, Zofran, Scopolamine patch
Painful urination or frequency Call for prescription
Hemorrhoids, outer rectal pain Hot sitz baths, Tucks, Preparation-H
Hemorrhoids, bleeding Call for prescription
Insect Bites and Rashes
 
Liquids:  Topical Formula, Natural Organic Toner with Vitamin C Formula

Lotions: Calamine, Caladryl. If rash is unusual or persists, call the office

 

Medication you should NEVER take during pregnancy includes: Acutane, Lithium, Tetracycline, Vibramycin, Valproic Acid

Other medications may be safe or have minimal risk but should be discussed with your physician prior to taking the medication. Most fall into the "unknown category". This means that there is no documentation of its safety during pregnancy.

There is no contraindication to using Nutrasweet during pregnancy. Caffeine should be limited to less than 300 mg/day.

HOT TUBS AND SAUNAS
Studies have shown that there is an increased incidence of miscarriage if a sauna is used during the first three months of pregnancy. We recommend against using the sauna during the entire pregnancy and not using a hot tub during the first three months of pregnancy. After the first three months of pregnancy, limit the hot tub to 100 degrees temperature. The danger to the fetus appears to be from raising the mother's core body temperature. Warm baths and showers are safe throughout pregnancy.

DIET
Avoid raw meat, unpasteurized milk or cheese, raw eggs, alcohol, tobacco. Though a small amount of alcohol may not cause harm, there is no known safe quantity. Therefore, we advise against any alcohol ingestion during pregnancy.  Smoking and using recreational drugs are dangerous to the pregnancy. They can cause growth retardation of the fetus, premature maturation of the placenta, which can cause fetal distress during labor, and abnormal separation of the placenta, which can cause fetal death or maternal hemorrhaging during labor.

Pregnant women should make sure to include:
Sufficient calories for adequate weight gain
A variety of foods from each food group, proper supplements.
Regular meals and snacks
30 grams of dietary fiber
10 or more cups of water each day
Salt to taste

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EXERCISE
Exercising during pregnancy has been shown to be extremely beneficial. It is recommended that you maintain your pulse (heart beats/minute) at less than 140 beats per minute while exercising. Be careful to not injure yourself during the later part of pregnancy when your balance changes and your ligaments loosen.

DO NOT EXERCISE if you have bleeding, cramping, abnormal pain or other high risk factors relating to the pregnancy.

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Disclaimer: This information is intended as a guide only.   This information is offered to you with the understanding that it not be interpreted as medical or professional advice.  All medical information needs to be carefully reviewed with your health care provider.