Medicines that are Safe for Pregnancy

Last updated: July 16, 2019

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Richard Honaker M.D.
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Feeling sick during pregnancy? Check out this list of which over the counter medicines are safe to consume during pregnancy and which to avoid.

Some women seem to glide through pregnancy effortlessly. They avoid nausea, gain the perfect amount of weight and have the perfect pregnancy glow. 

Others are not so lucky. 

Worst still, pregnancy is a time when many medications to relieve your symptoms are not safe to take. 

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According to the CDC, 9 in 10 women report taking some medication during their pregnancy and 7 in 10 women report taking prescription medication. 

It is important to discuss any medication (prescription or not) before taking it during pregnancy. It is believed at least 10% of birth defects are a result of maternal drug exposure. 

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Related: 5 Exercises to do in Pregnancy that can Help with Labor

Generally speaking, it is important to avoid taking any over the counter medications during pregnancy. You can discuss the pros and cons of taking any prescribed medications during your pregnancy with your healthcare provider as well. The benefits of the medicine need to outweigh any potential risks to the fetus. 

To keep you and your baby safe, we have compiled a list from the American Family Physician of safe over the counter medicines to take and which you should avoid during pregnancy. 

Courtesy of the American Family Physician

Courtesy of the American Family Physician

Courtesy of the American Family Physician

Courtesy of the American Family Physician

Courtesy of the American Family Physician

Related: Natural Remedies that Pregnant Women Should Avoid

Vitamins and Supplements

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Once only available by prescription, prenatal vitamins are safe to use during pregnancy. It is important to note that not all regular vitamins are safe for pregnancy. 

Essential oils can also be dangerous during pregnancy. Speak to your healthcare professional before diffusing or applying essential oils to the skin while pregnant. 

Supplements can also have adverse effects during pregnancy. It is important to speak to your healthcare professional about the safety of the supplements you are taking during pregnancy. 

Related: 5 Ways to Manage Weight Gain During Pregnancy

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Pregnancy is a time when you are going to have a lot of questions. Making a doctor’s appointment is time consuming and can expose you to many unwanted germs. That is why Your Doctors Online is trusted and loved by so many expecting parents around the globe. Carry a doctor in your pocket to answer all your questions 24 hours a day. Avoid unwanted germs at a time when getting sick often means going without any medicine. Connect with us now. 



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About Richard Honaker M.D.

Dr. Richard Honaker has over 40 years of experience as a primary care physician specializing in several different areas of medicine. He is able to provide expert case review and analysis for insurance and workers compensation cases as well as providing online medical consultations as the Chief Medical Advisor for Your Doctors Online.

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