Health & Pregnancy

Taking Medicine During Pregnancy


What Medications Are Safe to Take During Pregnancy? continued...

Generally, you should not take any OTC medication while pregnant unless it is necessary.

The following medications and home remedies have no known harmful effects during pregnancy when taken according to the package directions. Contact your doctor for additional information on their safety or for medications not listed here.

Safe Medications to Take During Pregnancy*


  • Benadryl (diphenhydramine)
  • Claritin

Check with your doctor before taking these in the first trimester.

Cold and Flu

  • Tylenol (acetaminophen)
  • Saline nasal drops or spray
  • Warm salt/water gargle

Check with your doctor before taking any other medications, especially in the first trimester.


  • Colace
  • Metamucil

First Aid Ointment

  • Bacitracin
  • J&J First-Aid Cream
  • Neosporin
  • Polysporin


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

 *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.

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