Safe Over-The-Counter Medications During Pregnancy (Cradle Club)

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Safe Over-The-Counter Medications During Pregnancy

The following over-the-counter medications and home remedies have no known harmful effects during pregnancy when taken according to package directions.

Please note that no drug can be considered 100% safe to use during pregnancy.

If you want to know about the safety of any other medications not listed here, please contact your physician.

Please follow adult recommended dosing on medication packaging.

Pain Reliever

  • Tylenol


If symptoms do not improve after 2 weeks, call your primary care physician.

  • Claritin
  • Chlortrimeton
  • Benadryl

Cough Syrup

  • Robitussin - plain

Throat Lozenges

  • Sucrets
  • Vicks
  • Halls
  • Robitussin
  • Chloraseptic spray

Sleep Aids

  • Tylenol PM
  • Benadryl
  • Unisom

Leg Cramps

  • Magnesium Gluconate
    (250 mg - 3 times daily)


  • Ginger capsules
    (250 mg - 4 times daily)
  • Vitamin B6
    (10-25 mg - 3-4 times daily)
    This can be taken alone or in combination with Unisom (doxylamine) 12.5 mg.


Take only after 24 hours of symptoms.

  • Immodium D
  • Kaopectate


  • Maalox
  • Mylanta
  • Riopan
  • Rolaids
  • Tums
  • Pepcid A-C
  • Tagament
  • Axid AR

Do not take Pepto Bismol or Prilosec OTC.

Stool Softeners

  • Colace
  • Surfak
  • Metamucil
  • Fiber Con

Do not take laxatives of any kind.