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Safe Medications to Take During Pregnancy*/ Medicamento que puede tomar durante el embarazo

What medications can I take while Im pregnant

Allergy / Alergia

  • Benadryl (diphenhydramine)
  • Claritin, zyrtec

Check with your doctor before taking these in the first trimester. / Verificar con nosotras antes de tomar en las primeras 12 semanas del embarazo.

Cold and Flu / Catarro

  • Tylenol / Panadol (acetaminophen)
  • Saline nasal drops or spray / agua salina en gotas nasales
  • Warm salt/water gargle / gargara agua con sal
  •  Drink pleanty of liquids /Hidratarse bien es de suma importancia!

Check with your doctor before taking any other medications, especially in the first trimester. Verificar con nosotras antes de tomar medicamentos en las primeras 12 semanas del embarazo o cualquier otro medicamento con o sin receta

Para síntomas severos:

Fiebre mas de 38 C / 101 F

  • Muchos vómitos o diarrea
  • Sangrado
  • Mucho dolor
  • Erupciones en el cuerpo

Llame al numero de emergencias

Constipation / Estreñimiento

  • Colace
  • Metamucil
  • Cirulax
  • Plenty of water and fiber in diet / aumente consumo de liquido y fibra en la dieta.

First Aid Ointment / Cortadas y raspaduras

  • Bacitracin
  • Neosporin
  • Polysporin
  • Antiseptics local antibiotics are ok

Rashes / Erupciones

  • Benadryl cream
  • Caladryl lotion or cream
  • Hydrocortisone cream or ointment
  • Oatmeal bath (Aveeno)


  • Imodium

Hemorrhoids / hemoroides

  • Anapralam, Anusol, Tucks, Preparation H

Gastritis / Acidez

  • Tums, Mylanta, Maalox, Gaviscon
  • Simethicon para gases (Mylecon)

*Note: No drug can be considered 100% safe to use during pregnancy.

What Alternative Therapies Are Considered Safe During Pregnancy?

Some alternative therapies have been shown to be safe and effective for pregnant women to relieve some of the uncomfortable side effects of pregnancy. Talk it over with your doctor first before using any of them. And remember, “Natural” doesn’t always equal “safe” when you’re pregnant.

Nausea in early pregnancy: Acupuncture, acupressure, ginger root (250 milligram capsules 4 times a day), and vitamin B6 (pyridoxine, 25 milligrams two or three times a day) work well. Sipping the thick syrup from inside a can of peaches, pears, mixed fruits, pineapples, or orange slices may also help.

Backache: Chiropractic manipulation holds the best track record. Another option is massage but it is important to make sure your massage therapist is adequately trained in pre-natal massage.

What Alternative Therapies Should Be Avoided During Pregnancy?

The following substances in concentrated formulation (not as a spice in cooking) may harm your baby. Some are thought to cause birth defects and encourage early labor.

Avoid these oral supplements: Arbor vitae, beth root, black cohosh, blue cohosh, cascara, chaste tree berry, Chinese angelica (dong quoi), cinchona, cotton root bark, feverfew, ginseng, golden seal, juniper, kava kava, licorice, meadow saffron, pennyroyal, poke root, rue, sage, St. John’s wort, senna, slippery root, tansy, white peony, wormwood, yarrow, yellow dock, and vitamin A (large doses can cause birth defects).

Avoid these aromatherapy essential oils: Calamus, mugwort, pennyroyal, sage, wintergreen, basil, hyssop, myrrh, marjoram, and thyme.

When in doubt about any medication, supplement, or therapy, ask your health care provider before taking or using it.