Safe Medications - New Braunfels OBGYN

Safe Medications During Pregnancy

The following over-the-counter medications may be helpful in treating symptoms during pregnancy.
Problem Medication
Nausea Non-pharmacologic interventions

  • Avoid iron supplements until nausea symptoms resolve
  • Take prenatal vitamin before bed with a snack instead of in the morning on an empty stomach
  • Eat slowly and in small amounts every 1-2 hours to avoid a full stomach
  • Eat before you feel hungry to avoid an empty stomach
  • Eat a snack before getting out of bed in the morning
  • Eliminate coffee and foods that are spicy, odorous, high fat, acidic, and very sweet
  • Eat foods that are protein dominant, salty, low fat, bland, and or dry (nuts, pretzels, crackers, cereal, toast)
  • Fluids are better tolerated if cold, clear, and carbonated or sour and if taken in small amounts between meals with a straw
  • Drinking peppermint tea or sucking peppermint candies can reduce nausea after meals

Over the counter interventions

  • Ginger – 250 mg capsules orally four times a day
  • Vitamin B6 – 10 to 25 mg orally every six to eight hours with no more than 200 mg/day.
  • Vitamin B6/Unisom Sleep Tabs –25 mg Vitamin B6 with one-half 25 mg Unisom Sleep Tabs no more than 4 times per day
Constipation Daily use
Bulk forming laxatives (Metamucil, FiberCon, Citrucel)Occasional use
Milk of Magnesia, Lactulose, Dulcolax
Diarrhea BRAT diet
Bananas, Rice, Applesauce, and Toast
Acid Reflux Tums or Rolaids
Tagamet, Zantac, Pepcid, Prilosec
Sleep Disturbance Non-pharmacologic interventions

  • Maintain a regular sleep schedule in a low stimuli environment
  • Cut down on the amount of liquids in the hours before bedtime
  • Avoid caffeine after noon
  • Exercise at least 20 minutes at least a few hours before bedtime
  • Place pillows between the knees, under the abdomen, and behind the back
  • Avoid naps late in the day

Over the counter interventions

  • Unisom Sleep Tabs
  • Benadryl
Pain and Fever Tylenol (in as limited a number of doses as possible)
Sore Throat Tylenol, Cepacol Lozenges or Spray
  • Saline Nasal Sprays
  • Saline Nasal Irrigation
  • Ipratropium bromide 0.06% Nasal Spray
  • Cromolyn Sodium Nasal Spray

Use of pseudoephedrine is limited to 2nd and 3rd trimesters and only for severe congestion in patients without high blood pressure.

Cough Chlor-Trimeton, Dextromethorphan, Guaifenesin
Seasonal Allergies Claritin, Zyrtec, Rhinocort Allergy, Flonase Allergy Relief, or Nasonex
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