Medications in Pregnancy: FAQ

What over-the-counter medications can I take during pregnancy?
Most are safe to use. The most commonly used are for ALLERGY, COLD, FLU, NAUSEA, DIARRHEA, CONSTIPATION, HEARTBURN, HEADACHES, and PAIN. CONTACT US with questions.

  • Aspirin, Excedrin Migraine (salicylic acid)
  • Aleve (naproxen)
  • Pepto-Bismol, Kaopectate (bismuth)

What pain medications can I take during pregnancy?
Generally TYLENOL (acetaminophen) has been considered safe and the most used. Typical doses of 325 – 650 mg are safe. Even the “extra-strength” dose of 500 – 1000 mg is safe, especially if is it’s needed for severe pain on occasion. Follow the daily limits on the bottle.

  • DO NOT USE - “Excedrin Extra Strength” or “Excedrin Migraine” (contain aspirin)
  • SAFE TO USE - “Excedrin Tension Headache” (contains Tylenol and caffeine)

  • DO NOT USE - 3rd Trimester (after 30 WEEKS)
  • SAFE TO USE - (occasionally) - 1ST & 2ND Trimesters (before 30 WEEKS)

  • DO NOT USE – Aspirin (salicylic acid), Aleve (Naproxen), Migraine prescriptions
  • SAFE TO USE – Narcotics (occasionally, if prescribed)

What prescription medications can I take during pregnancy?
Many antibiotics are safe, but some are not: CONTACT US 907.519.6751

What supplements can I take during pregnancy?
  • Generally you only need a PNV (prenatal vitamin) or MVI (multivitamin), which typically contains the 400 mcg of FOLIC ACID (FOLATE) that is needed to prevent (neural tube) birth defects.
  • Most people in Alaska are low in VITAMIN D and would benefit from taking at least 2000 IU – 4000 IU daily.
  • Many people do not get enough CALCIUM in their diet and would benefit from 500 mg, 1-2x daily.
  • Most OTHER supplements are probably safe, including OMEGA-3, FISH OIL, PROBIOTICS, MELATONIN.

  • Retin A
  • Retinol

  • What herbs can I use during pregnancy?
    Herbs in TEA and FOOD are safe.

    OTHERS formulated in high doses (capsules, tablets, powders, etc.) may not be and are generally not advised.