Which Medicines are Safe During Pregnancy?

Find Out Which Medications are Safe to Take While You Are Pregnant

Your doctor will review any medications you are currently taking to decide what is safe to continue taking during pregnancy. Some medications and herbal supplements can increase your chance of birth defects, and your doctor will review any medication you may need to stop taking if you’re pregnant or trying to become pregnant. Over-the-counter medicines like acetaminophen, allergy medicine, and cold medicines are generally safe to take, while aspirin and ibuprofen should be avoided.

Approved Over-the-Counter Medications

Before you start or stop any medicine, it is always best to speak with the doctor who is caring for you while you are pregnant.

Pain MedicationNausea
Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Extra Strength Tylenol
DO NOT USE: Aspirin, Motrin, Advil (Ibuprofen), Aleve (unless specifically by your healthcare provider)
Try small frequent meals.
Ginger Ale, Vitamin B6, Sea Bands
Sweet fruit syrup from canned fruits, i.e. pears/peaches


Heartburn, Indigestion, Gas

Zyrtec, Claritin, Benadryl, DimetappMaalox, Mylanta, Zantac, Pepcid AC, Tums, Rolaids



Sudafed (pseudoephedrine), Robitussin CF, Tylenol Cold and Sinus, Actifed, DimetappRobitussin (cough)


Yeast Infections

Benadryl (for occasional use only)Monistat 3 or 7



Preparation H, TucksExtra Strength Tylenol



Imodium AD or Kaopectate
BRAT Diet (banana, rice, applesauce, toast)
Increase fluid intake, Colace, Metamucil