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Pregnancy Health Tips

Below, you will find a list of some general health tips that may be helpful during pregnancy. Also, we have provided a list of over-the-counter medications that are safe to use while pregnant, as well as some products you should avoid.

If you have any questions at any time during your pregnancy, do not hesitate to call our Miami, Florida office at (305) 971-0510.

General Recommendations

  • Take prenatal vitamins daily, within two hours after breakfast. Do not take them on an empty stomach. If you have morning sickness, try taking two children’s chewable vitamins instead.
  • If you cannot keep any food down for more than 48 hours due to nausea and vomiting, call the doctor or nurse right away.
  • Avoid caffeine or reduce your intake of caffeinated drinks to two servings per day (including coffee, teas, and colas with caffeine) during pregnancy.
  • Avoid alcohol during your entire pregnancy.
  • Avoid all medications during the first 12 weeks of your pregnancy, unless recommended for a specific condition. Avoid aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen products during your entire pregnancy.
  • If you catch a cold or have a slight fever, have muscle aches or headache, the medications below can be used.There are a number of medications that are considered safe for pregnancy, but it is always best to check with your doctor first and avoid taking any medication during the first trimester.
  • If a fever (temperature of 100.4° or greater) develops, take extra strength Tylenol (two pills every three to four hours) to keep your temperature less than 100.4°.

Over-the-Counter Medications

Cold and Cough

After the first 12 weeks of pregnancy, the following products are considered safe during pregnancy. Do not exceed the recommended dose, and consult your doctor with any questions.

  • Tylenol (e.g. Tylenol Severe Cold and Sinus)
  • Benadryl
  • Robitussin, Robitussin DM
  • Sudafed
  • Actifed
  • Triaminic
  • Chlor-Trimeton

Other ways to ease cold symptoms include:

  • Try salt water or saline nasal drops
  • Apply a warm, wet compress to your sinus area
  • Use a vaporizer or humidifier too add moisture to the air
  • Elevate your head while sleeping with an extra pillow or two
  • Drink lots of water

For treatment of a mild sore throat, you can try the following:

  • Chloraseptic spray
  • Warm salt water gargles
  • Throat lozenges

Fever, Muscle Aches, and Headaches

For relief from fever, aches, and headaches, Tylenol is safe to use during pregnancy.

  • Tylenol Regular Strength: 2 tablets every 4-6 hours
  • Tylenol Extra Strength: 2 tablets every 4-6 hours

Diarrhea

For diarrhea, avoid dairy products and caffeine and try Immodium AD or Kaopectate.

Constipation / Hemorrhoids

For constipation relief, the following treatments and remedies can help (call with questions):

  • Fibercon
  • Metamucil
  • Citrucel
  • Colace
  • Unrefined bran
  • Uncle Sam’s cereal
  • Milk of Magnesia
  • Fleets enema

For relief from hemorrhoids, try using Anusol HC cream and suppositories. You may also try ice packs and Tucks.

Heartburn and Gas

For safe relief of heartburn and gas, it is safe to use the medications listed below. Note that the liquid form tends to work better for rapid relief.

  • Tums / Rolaids
  • Mylanta Complete
  • Maalox Max
  • Papaya
  • Riopan
  • Pepcid AC, Pepcid Complete
  • Zantac
  • Products containing simethicone