Medication During Pregnancy: What’s Safe?
Taking Medication When You’re Expecting
Pregnancy is a time filled with excitement – and understandably a little anxiety too. Whether she is a traditional mom or a gestational surrogate she will have a strong natural inclination to protect the baby she is carrying. It’s normal to question if previous activities are safe now: can I still go running while pregnant? Travel by plane? Can pregnant women take cough drops?
One of the most common concerns: are over-the-counter drugs safe during pregnancy? The answer is sometimes – it depends on the drug and trimester. Many women choose to try non-medicated remedies first, like saline drops, humidifiers, or good old-fashioned fluids and rest. If those don’t provide relief, there is still hope; many over the counter and even prescription medications get the green light from doctors.
Safe Medications To Take During Pregnancy
A general list of safe meds during pregnancy include:
- Antacids for heartburn (Maalox, Rolaids, Tums)
- Simethicone for gas (Gas-X, Mylanta)
- Expectorants and Dextromethorphan for cough or cold (Mucinex, Robitussin, Vicks VapoRub, cough drops)
- Acetaminophen for pain relief and fever (Anacin Aspirin-Free, Tylenol)
Pregnancy Medication Resources
So yes, while taking cold medicine during pregnancy is generally considered safe, it must first receive the all-clear. It’s imperative that a surrogate confirm which prescription drugs are safe during pregnancy with her healthcare provider as well. A medical professional can alleviate concerns by recommending which over-the-counter and prescription drugs show little to no risk to the developing fetus.