Throughout your pregnancy, you can expect to have breast tenderness, possible nausea, frequent urination, and emotional changes. Below is a list of some common problems you may experience and their remedies.
Indigestion and heartburn: Riopan®, Maalox®, Mylanta®, TUMS®, Gaviscon®, Pepcid® AC, Zantac 75®, or Zantac 150® may be used. Eat smaller meals. Do not recline until at least two hours after eating.
Calcium supplements: Os-Cal®, Caltrate®
Yeast infections: MONISTAT®, Gyne-Lotrimin®
Constipation: MiraLAX®, Colace®, Surfak®, Metamucil®. Try eating 100% bran cereal and other high-fiber foods. Increase fluids to 8 glasses of water per day.
Sleep problems: Benadryl® or TYLENOL® PM may be taken only after the first trimester (after 12 weeks).
Aches, pains, low-grade fever: Regular or Extra Strength TYLENOL® (acetaminophen)
Cold symptoms: OCEAN® Nasal Spray, chlorpheniramine, and Cold-EEZE® may be taken during the first trimester (12 weeks) of pregnancy and beyond. SUDAFED® Decongestant or SUDAFED® PE Decongestant, Claritin®, and ZYRTEC® may be taken during the second trimester and beyond. Plain Robitussin® (guaifenesin) may be taken for cough.
Other safe medications during pregnancy:
- Penicillin, Zithromax®, cephalosporins, erythromycin, Macrodantin®
- Steroid creams, oral steroids
- Proventil® (albuterol)
- Caladryl® Lotion, Benadryl® Cream
- Local anesthetics WITHOUT EPINEPHRINE
Although these medications are considered safe in pregnancy, always discuss with your doctor any medications you are taking.
- Varicose veins: Quality support pantyhose or maternity hose can help.
- Hemorrhoids: Try Anusol®, Preparation H®, or TUCKS® Medicated Pads.
- Pelvic pressure: A maternity support belt may provide relief.