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Common Discomforts &
Acceptable Drugs In Pregnancy

Below is a list of common discomforts during pregnancy. We hope you will find the solutions to these discomforts helpful. The medications that are included for some problems are over-the-counter and do not require a prescription. they may be used in pregnancy if necessary and are acceptable when used to a minimum. To our knowledge, they will not harm your baby.


  • Avoid spicy or greasy foods

  • Antacids low in sodium

    • Tums – as on package

    • Mylanta, Maalox, or Riopan – 1-2 teaspoons 30 minutes after meals and at bedtime


  • Rest – increase fluid intake

  • Use a humidifier/vaporizer

  • Warm cloth to sinuses

    • Actifed – Sudafed – 30 mg. by mouth 3 times a day

    • For allergies use Benadryl according to package


  • Increase fluid intake

    • Tylenol – 2 tablets every 4 hours

    • Call if persists greater than 24 hours


  • Rest in quiet, dark environment

    • Tylenol – 2 tablets every 4 hours, as needed, or Extra-Strength Tylenol


  • Gargle with hot salt water 4 times a day

  • Rest – increase fluids

    • Chloraseptic  spray or lozenges


  • Small, frequent carbohydrate feedings

  • Increase fluids and protein

  • Avoid caffeine and colas

    • Dramamine – 50 mg. 1 tablet every 6 hours, or

    • PeptoBismol – as on package, or

    • Emetrol Syrup – 1 tablespoon as needed


  • Elevate feet – rest

  • Pelvic tilt exercises

  • Heating pad

    • May use Tylenol or Extra-Strength Tylenol, if severe


  • More common in pregnancy

  • Cold cloth to nose with pressure

  • Vaseline to mucous membranes in edge of nose to decrease irritation

  • Use a humidifier in your bedroom


  • Elevate feet or hands

  • Increase water intake to 8-10 glasses per day

  • Avoid increased salt intake

  • Rest as much as possible on left side


  • Try to increase fluid intake even if no solid food is eaten

    • Donnagel, PeptoBismol, Imodium AD or Kaopectate, as on package


  • Warm, relaxing bath

  • Use multiple pillows to find positions of comfort

    • Benadryl, according to package

  • Expect to have to get up frequently to empty your bladder


  • Over-the-counter Monistat as the package directs is recommended


  • 8-10 glasses of water per day

  • Regular exercise i.e., walking, etc.

  • Increase bran and fiber in food

  • May add if needed and use according to package:

    • Colace 50 mg

    • Peri-Colace

    • Metamucil

    • Citrucel

    • Dialose – Plus


  • Hot sitz baths – 3-4 times a day

  • Avoid constipation

    • Anusol cream or suppositories 3 times a day, or

    • Tucks pads, or

    • Preparation H, as on package


  • Robitussin (Plain or DH)  1 teaspoon every 4 hours


  • OK if performed in well ventilated area

  • If fumes are nauseating, leave the house, room, etc.


  • May travel up to 35-36 weeks if no complications

  • You may need a note for airline so check when making reservations

  • When traveling by car, stop every 60-90 minutes to walk around and empty bladder

  • OK to pass through metal detector at airport


  • For the most part, medicines that are OK in pregnancy are OK in breast-feeding


  • Chickenpox & measles exposure—if you had chickenpox, you and your baby are protected

  • If you are not sure that you had them or know that you did not have them, call our office for further information

  • Hair coloring & permanents acceptable but may not take as well as in nonpregnancy

  • We would recommend waiting until after the first trimester of your pregnancy


  • Do not add any new exercise program

  • Keep heart rate less than 140 beats per minute and at a maximum for only 20 minutes

  • Modify aerobics from high to low impact

  • Light weights workout is OK if currently doing them


  • Maintain good dental hygiene

  • Regular checkups

  • Dental X-rays are OK with an abdominal shielding

  • Antibiotics acceptable for prescription by your dentist for prophylaxis or infection:

    • Penicillin or Erythromycin;  No Tetracycline

  • Fillings and other dental work are OK; Novocaine WITHOUT Epinephrine may be used for anesthetic during dental procedures

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