Pregnancy Do’s and Dont’s
Woman to Woman Ob/Gyn OB Medication List
The following medications are safe for you to take during your pregnancy:
Colds or Stuffy Nose:
- Cool air vaporizer at your bedside
- Nasal sprays such as saline spray
- Vicks Vapor rub
- Robitussin DM
- Cough drops
- Throat lozenges such as Cepacol & Sucret
- Chloraseptic throat spray
- Dilose, Citrical, or Metamucil
- Glycerine suppositories
- Fresh fruits, prunes, bran and adequate water intake are helpful for prevention of constipation.
- Kaopectate: Use for only one day, as directed
Headache or Minor pains:
- Tylenol: As directed
- Preparation H, Anusol, Tucks
- Warm sitz baths
Indigestion or Gas:
- Mylanta, Maalox, Mylicon, Tums, or Zantac
- Small frequent bland meals
The following medications are NOT safe to take while you are pregnant:
- Asprin, Advil, Motrin, Ibuprofen, laxatives, mineral oils, douches, tetracycline, cipro
If you have any questions regarding the safety of any medication, please call the office. Remember, no medication should be taken unless necessary.
Commonly Asked Questions:
Travel: If you travel longer than 1 hour, stop at least every 2 hours to empty your bladder and walk to improve circulation and decrease the risk of blood clots. Make sure to wear your seatbelt below your belly at all times. Most airlines allow travel until about 32-36 weeks of pregnancy. Stay well hydrated while flying and walk in the aisle every 1-2 hours to improve circulation. Limit international travel to one flight per pregnancy to decrease your radiation exposure.
Exercise: Most physical sports and activities can be enjoyed throughout pregnancy if done in moderation. Walking, stationary biking, swimming, yoga, and water aerobics are good examples of safe activities. Try to limit your maximum heart rate to about 140 beats per minute. Hydrate yourself well before, during, and after exercise.
Diet: Nutrasweet and caffeine are safe when used in moderation (1-2 servings per day). Certain large fish like swordfish or shark contain a lot of mercury and should be avoided. Avoid raw fish or undercooked meat. Limit the amount of canned tuna or other seafood to 2 servings per week. Normal weight gain during pregnancy is 25-35 pounds.
Hair Products: It is believed that permanents and hair dye are safe during pregnancy. Dentist: It is okay to go to the dentist while you are pregnant. We recommend regular cleanings. You can have novocaine with no epinephrine if your are not allergic to novocaine. X-rays are permissible if necessary as long as a lead shield is used over your abdomen.
Chicken pox: If you had chicken pox there is not increased risk if exposed during pregnancy. If you have not had the chicken pox and are exposed, please call the office. Hot Tubs: Avoid hot tubs and saunas or baths greater then 90 degrees. Paint: Avoid pesticides, chemicals cleaning solvents. It is not advised to paint during pregnancy, but if you must, do so in a well-ventilated area for short periods of time.
Signs Of Labor: – Contractions every 4-5 minutes that are painful for at least 1-2 hours. – “Bloody Show”- Bleeding like a period (except immediately after an exam) – “Water Breaks”- you may have a gush of fluid and will continue leaking fluid without control. – “Losing your mucus plug”- is when your have a stringy, mucusy discharge that may be tinged with blood. IT IS NOT AN INDICATION OF LABOR.