It is difficult to advise a woman about the safety of medications in pregnancy since there might be long-term drug effects of which we are unaware. In general, medications that have been around longer have been tested more thoroughly and should be preferred over newer ones. We recommend avoiding any unnecessary drug or medication during pregnancy, especially during the first 20 weeks when your baby’s organ systems are forming.

It is important, however, if you have preexisting medical problems for which you were taking medication prior to your pregnancy, that you speak with your primary care doctor or obstetrician before you stop taking it. There may be serious problems for you and your baby if you inappropriately stop taking a medication.

It is ultimately your choice if you wish to take medications for headaches, cold and flu. Each woman has to weigh the benefits versus the risks.

  • Antacids
  • Antibiotics
  • Cold and Flu
  • Flu Vaccine
  • Pain Relievers
  • Stool Softeners
  • Tdap Vaccine

Please check with your healthcare provider before taking any medications if you have questions or concerns.

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