Medicines and Drugs During Pregnancy

Pregnancy and drugsTalk with your obstetrician before taking any medicine, especially if you have any preexisting medical problems. The following medicine is considered acceptable for use during pregnancy. It is preferred that no medicine be taken in the first three months.

~Acetaminophen (Tylenol) – may be used in early pregnancy
~Sudafed (pseudoephedrine) – not advised if you have elevated blood pressure
~ Guaifenesin (Robitussin) Plain, not DM – not advised for mothers with diabetes, including gestational diabetes
~Benadryl (diphenhydramine)
~ Miconazole (Monistat 7, Micatin) vaginal cream – for treatment of yeast infections, talk with your obstetrician to ensure if this medicine is appropriate for your needs
~Hydrocortisone cream
~Maalox, Mylanta, Metamucil, Tums
~Anusol, Preparation H
~ Examples of antibiotics: Penicillin, Cephalosporin, Erythromycin, Nitrofurantion (Macrodantin)


Smoking while your are pregnant poses very serious health problems for your unborn baby. Smoking:
• passes nicotine and cancer causing drugs to your fetus through the placenta
• prevents optimal growth for your baby
• impairs nourishment to your baby
• increases your baby’s chances of being born too soon (prematurely) or will die
• smoking can affect the amount of milk your breasts make

If you’re a smoker, now is the time to stop. Talk with your doctor before using nicotine patches or gum or any over the counter stop smoking aid. Ask you doctor for the safest way to stop smoking during pregnancy.


How much alcohol you can drink without affecting your baby is not known. All of the following amounts have been shown to have harmful effects.
• daily drinking of alcohol
• binge drinking
• social drinking

Because no one knows how much is safe, it is best not to drink at all while you’re pregnant. If you have a drinking problem, talk with your doctor about ways to help you get help to quit.


Medicines to AVOID
~Oral Hypoglycemic Agents
~Pepto Bismol
~Nulfa Drugs
~Nalidixic Acid

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