Medications in Pregnancy

During pregnancy, problems can occur in which over the counter medications could be used to improve symptom if you knew they were safe. We have prepared the following list to help you get through your pregnancy as easily and safely as possible. DO NOT USE ANY ASPIRIN, PRODUCTS CONTAINING ASPIRIN, OR IBUPROFEN WHILE PREGNANT. We prefer that you avoid medications, if possible, during the first twelve (12) weeks of your pregnancy.

If you need an over the counter medication during your pregnancy (preferably after 12 weeks gestation) you may use the following medications or remedies:

Pain Relief

  • Tylenol or Extra-Strength Tylenol

Cold Symptoms

  • Tylenol
  • Mucinex
  • Robitussin DM
  • Cough drops
  • Saline nasal spray
  • Salt water gargles


  • Benadryl
  • Claritin
  • Zyrtec


  • Kaopectate

    Stool Softener

    Drink 8-12 glasses of water each day A diet high in fiber, fruit, and bran (prunes & prune juice especially)
    • Metamucil
    • Citracil


    • Keep stools soft (see above)
    • Tucks pads
    • Preparation H
    • Anusol HC


    • Tums
    • Maalox
    • Mylanta
    • Zantac
    • Papaya Enzyme

    Skin Irritation

    • Calamine lotion
    • Benadryl tablets