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Medication and Foods During Pregnancy

  • ANTACIDS (Mylanta, Maalox, Pepcid AC, TUMS, Zantac)
  • ATIBIOTICS (Keflex, Macrodantin, Macrobid, Amoxicillin, Penicillin, Erythromycin, Azithromycin)
  • ANTIVIRALS (Zovirax, Valtrex, Famvir)
  • ANTIHISTAMINES (Benedryl, Allegra, Claritin, Dimetapp, Zyrtec, Chlor-Trimeton, Tavist)
  • ANTINAUSEA (Phenergan, Zofran, Compazine, Scopolamine patch)
  • BLOOD PRESSURE (Nifedipine, Aldomet, Propanolol)
  • COUGH DROPS (Vicks, Robitussen, Herbal Cough Drops, Cepacol)
  • COUGH SUPPRESSANTS (Robitussin, Tessla Pearls, Phenergan with Codeine)
  • DECONGESTANT (Sudafed)
  • DIARRHEA (Kaopectate, PeptoBismol)
  • LAXATIVE (Dulcolax)
  • NASAL SPRAYS (Afrin, Beclovent, Flonase, Nasonex, Veramyst, Neosynephrine, Saline)
  • PAIN (Tylenol Regular & Extra Strength, Codeine, Vicodin)
  • STOOL SOFTENER (Colace, Citracell, Fibercon, Metamucil)
  • THYROID (Synthroid, Thyroxine)
  • YEAST (Monistat, Gyne-Lotrimin, Femstat, Terazol)

Medication you should NEVER take during pregnancy (unless it is in conjunction with your doctor) include: Acutane, Lithium, Tetracycline, Valproic Acid.

Airbourne has not been approved by the FDA as safe to take during pregnancy therefore we advise you do not use it.

Aspirin, Motrin, Aleve and Ibuprofen should be avoided unless you have a medical condition in which your physician requests it.

Though a small amount of alcohol may not cause harm, there is no known safe quantity.  Therefore, we advise against any alcohol ingestion during pregnancy.

Smoking and recreational drugs are dangerous to your pregnancy.  They can cause growth retardation of the fetus, premature rupture of the placenta, which can cause fetal distress during labor, and abnormal separation of the placenta, which can cause fetal death or maternal hemorrhaging during labor.

Other medications may be safe or have minimal risk but should be discussed with your physician prior to taking the medication.  Most fall into the “unknown category”.  This means that there is no documentation of its safety during pregnancy. 

There is no contradiction to using NutraSweet during pregnancy.  Caffeine should be limited to less than 300 mg per day.

Large amounts of deep sea fish like tuna, king mackerel, tilefish, shark or swordfish should be avoided.  The equivalent of a Tuna Sandwich per week is safe.

We do not recommend eating raw fish while pregnant.