During pregnancy, we request that you limit your medication intake to prenatal vitamins and to those medications approved by our office.
You receive a prescription for prenatal vitamins, a combination multivitamin and iron supplement. Take one prenatal vitamin each day. Despite adequate nutrition, your food intake cannot satisfy pregnancy demands.
For Relief of Upper Respiratory Infections
For symptomatic relief of upper respiratory infections, we recommend plain Sudafed® for congestion, Robitussin DM® for cough, Tylenol® for minor aches and pains and fever, and throat lozenges for sore throat. We recommend that you avoid aspirin and aspirin containing products during pregnancy.
For Relief of Low-grade Fever, Headaches, Minor Aches and PainsWe recommend acetaminophen (Tylenol®) for low-grade fevers, headaches and minor aches and pains. We recommend that you avoid aspirin and aspirin containing products during pregnancy.
However, if your temperature reaches 101 degrees or higher, or if symptoms persist, please contact us.
For Controlling Nausea
We prefer that you avoid medications for nausea during pregnancy. Nausea is a very common and normal symptom, which usually can be controlled by eating small, frequent meals and eating bland foods such as toast, crackers, Jell-o®, and carbonated beverages at room temperature.
Greasy and spicy foods are best avoided if you are nauseated. Fortunately, nausea usually resolves around 14-16 weeks gestation.
If you are suffering from persistent and frequent vomiting, then it may be necessary to treat you with medication like Zofran® or Phenergan®. These medicines have been thoroughly studied and are felt to be safe for the fetus.
For Relieving Heartburn
Heartburn can be relieved by eating a small bland snack and by keeping your head elevated when you are resting. However, it may be necessary for you to use an antacid such as Tums®, Maalox®, Riopan®, or Gaviscon®.
Alka-Seltzer® should be avoided during pregnancy, since it contains aspirin.