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Never take Pepto-Bismol, Aspirin, Ibuprofen or Motrin products when pregnant.

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Medications and Vaccinations

The following relief measures are perfectly safe to take while pregnant.

HeadacheNasal Congestion, Allergies/SinusesCold/Cough, Sore ThroatNauseaHeartburn, IndigestionDiarrheaConstipationGas/BloatingHemorrhoidsInsomnia

Symptom/Problem: Headache

Medication: Tylenol (Acetaminophen)

Other Relief Measures: Lay down and rest in a dark room. Try an ice pack.

Symptom/Problem: Nasal Congestion, Allergies/Sinuses

Medication: Tylenol Cold & Sinus, Sudafed, Claritin, Alavert, Benadryl, Loratadine, Actifed, Tavist

Other Relief Measures: Rest. Warm or cold pack on face/eyes, elevate head, use a vaporizer.

Symptom/Problem: Cold/Cough, Sore Throat

Medication: Non-alcohol cough syrup, Robitussin (Guaifenesin), throat lozenges

Other Relief Measures: Good hand washing. Drink plenty of fluids, gargle with warm salt water.

Symptom/Problem: Nausea

Medication: Ginger tea, Unison 25-50 mg every 8 hours with Vitamin B6

Other Relief Measures: Eat saltines or dry toast before getting out of bed. Eat small, frequent meals; avoid spicy, acidic or greasy foods.

Symptom/Problem: Heartburn, Indigestion

Medication: Zantac, OTC Pepcid, Tums, Maalox, Mylanta

Other Relief Measures: Avoid greasy, spicy or fried foods. Try not to lie down right after eating.

Symptom/Problem: Diarrhea

Medication: Imodium (NO Pepto-Bismal)

Other Relief Measures: B.R.A.T. diet (bananas, rice, apples, toast), clear liquids.

Symptom/Problem: Constipation

Medication: Fibercon, Metamucil, Milk of Magnesia

Other Relief Measures: Increase fluids.

Symptom/Problem: Gas/Bloating

Medication: Gas X, Bean-O, Simethicone

Other Relief Measures: Avoid apples, cabbage and fried foods.

Symptom/Problem: Hemorrhoids

Medication: Tucks medicated pads, Preparation H, Anusol H

Other Relief Measures: Sitz Bath

Symptom/Problem: Insomnia

Medication: Benadryl 25-50 mg, Tylenol PM

Other Relief Measures: Chamomile tea

Pregnant women should receive a dose of Tdap during each pregnancy between 27 and 36 weeks gestation to protect infants from Pertussis (also known as whooping cough).

Pertussis can cause serious and sometimes life-threatening complications in infants, especially within the first 6 months of life.

Speak with your OBGYN about the danger of whooping cough. It’s a highly contagious disease that can be especially serious – even fatal – for infants. Unfortunately, many people who spread it may not know they have it.

If you plan to be around a new baby or one is on the way, get vaccinated to help protect yourself and your family from whooping cough.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends everyone, including those around babies, make sure their whooping cough vaccination is up to date.

What To Avoid

Do not consume:

  • More than 200 mg of caffeine per day (12 ounces).
  • Herbal supplements.
  • Raw or undercooked shellfish, meat or poultry.
  • Anything unpasteurized – from juice to soft “raw milk” cheeses to pickled fish.
  • Refrigerated meat of any kind or dry, uncooked sausages unless heated until steaming.
  • Runny or undercooked eggs.
  • Raw cookie dough or cake batter that contains raw eggs.
  • Pre-prepared deli salads – especially with eggs, chicken, ham or seafood.
  • Raw sprouts or any unwashed produce.

Steer clear of:

  • Renovations that may put you in contact with lead-based paint or toxic fumes.
  • Cleaning products that contain glycol ethers (found in oven and window cleaners) and phenols (found in mildew removers).
  • Perms or hair-coloring in your first trimester.
  • Tanning beds.
  • Cat litter duty.
  • Electric blankets.
  • Hot tubs over 100 degrees or longer than 30 minutes.
  • Foot massages (which can actually cause uterine contractions!).

Contact us if you notice sudden heavy or bright red bleeding with cramping.

What To Expect (Trimester Roadmap)

First Trimester: Week 1 through 12
Second Trimester: Week 13 through 27
Third Trimester: Week 28 through 40

For more information, refer to the book: Planning Your Pregnancy and Birth.

*These are only guidelines. If you have additional questions or concerns, please refer to your physician.

If you experience any of the following symptoms at any stage of pregnancy, call your provider right away. Keep in mind: These symptoms don’t automatically indicate pre-term labor or miscarriage. Bleeding can be present with healthy pregnancies. But it’s always smart to get checked.

What To Watch Out For

Bleeding from the vagina (with or without cramps).
Passing of blood-clot like tissue or white-pink mucus.
Blurry or impaired vision.
Severe stomach or back pain.
Chronic, severe headaches.
Contractions before 37 weeks that occur every 10 minutes or more.
Decrease in baby’s movements after 28 weeks.
Excessive vomiting, diarrhea and weight loss.
Fever or chills.
Pain or burning with urination.
Swelling of face, fingers, feet.
Intolerance of foods or liquids.
Muscular convulsions.

Early signs of miscarriage can be treated.
Women’s Specialty Care will perform a dilation and curettage, also known as a D&C, to stop bleeding and prevent infection.

If you’re mourning the loss a child:
Come to us. Open up to us. We can give you the exact kind of community and counsel you need. Don’t silence your grief. Give it a voice and a space to be heard.

Excellent miscarriage support sources include:


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