Patient Education

Medications Safe for Use in Pregnancy


The over-the-counter medications and directions listed below are safe to take during pregnancy. Even so, we recommend not using any medication unless necessary. Please discuss all prescription medicines with your physician at your first visit.

If you are unsure about a medication you take regularly, please contact us at 816-931-9344 PRIOR TO DISCONTINUING THAT MEDICATION. Take all medications according to the manufacturers directions listed on the bottle unless otherwise directed by your physician.

We recommend that you discontinue any herbal remedy use during your pregnancy. There has been no testing of effects of medicinal herb use during pregnancy.

Antihistamines
Allegra, Benadryl, Claritin, Tavist

Cough/Cold/Congestion
Humidifier and increase fluids, Saline nasal spray
If necessary: Mucinex, Robitussin DM, Sudafed*

* Avoid cold and cough medications containing pseudoephedrine until after your first trimester (14 weeks). Avoid these medications if you have high blood pressure (hypertension, pre-eclampsia).

Diarrhea
"BRAT" diet-bananas, rice, applesauce, toast
Stay hydrated

Indegestion/Heartburn
Maalox, Mylanta, Tums, Pepcid, Zantac
Avoid spicy or greasy foods and large meals at bedtime

Nosebleeds
Cold cloth to nose with pressure, Use a humidifier, Apply Vaseline

Backache
Heating pad (do not sleep on pad and only use on a medium setting for no more than 20minutes), Massage or warm bath

Insomnia
Warm relaxing baths, Benadryl, Unisom

Sore Throat
Warm salt water gargles, Lozengers, Chloroseptic Spray, Tylenol

Rash/Itching Skin
Caladryl, Benadryl, Oatmeal baths and lotions, Cool showers and baths