Medication during pregnancy

Due to hormonal changes during pregnancy,  you may have issues with nasal congestion, indigestion, heartburn, constipation, or acne. This page contains a list of medications approved to treat these common issues.



  • Avoid taking medication during pregnancy unless necessary 
  • Do not use Advil, Motrin, ibuprofen, or anti-inflammatory steroidal drugs
  • Feel free to buy generic


For fever or headache:

Acetaminophen (Tylenol)
DO NOT take more than 4000mg (4g) in a 24-hour period.

For nasal congestion or severe post nasal drip:

Pseudoephedrine (Sudafed) which is available from the pharmacist without a prescription. Do not use in your first trimester. After your first trimester, use very sparingly.

For cough:

Guaifenesin (Robitussin or Mucinex)
Guaifenesin and dextromethorphan (Robitussin DM)

For constipation:

Try dietary changes: add fruits such as plums or other stone fruit. May use prunes.

  • Stop eating bananas
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Add whole grain fiber or Fibercon, Metamucil, or Citrucel
  • Avoid calcium supplements and Tums
  • For medications: any over-the-counter stool softener such as docusate sodium which is called Colace. Other options include Metamucil, Citracel, and Benefiber, Milk of Magnesia, and Miralax

For heartburn or acid reflux:

Tums, Mylanta, or Maalox.
Ranitidine (Zantac) 150mg 2 times a day. Talk with your doctor if unimproved.

For acne:

You can use over-the-counter face washes during pregnancy. They are safe to use - even those that contain salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide, since you only apply them briefly and wash them off immediately.  

Do not use any skin products that contain retinoic acid.