How can I safely choose medicines during pregnancy?
No medication is 100 percent safe, and even medication that’s safe for someone else to take during pregnancy might not be safe for you. So always check with your healthcare provider before you take any kind of medicine during pregnancy – even an over-the-counter (OTC) product.
In general, don’t take more than the recommended dose, and try to avoid taking anything during your first trimester because that’s when your developing baby is most vulnerable to the effects of medication.
Also talk with your provider about taking any prescription medicine during pregnancy, even if it’s something you took before you were pregnant. She’ll tell you if it’s safe to take now and help you find a good alternative if it isn’t.
Which medicines are safe to take in pregnancy?
The chart below lists the OTC medications that are considered low risk for pregnant women when taken occasionally to treat a mild illness. We’ve listed some brand names as examples, but there are many more on the market.
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