Irving Primary Care

Which Medicines Are Safe to Take in Pregnancy?

Treating an ailment can get complicated during pregnancy. You might be tempted to try out the usual medications you took pre-pregnancy but you should also be hesitant due to side effects. The medications could be safe for you but they might not be safe for the baby. It is usually best to not take unnecessary medications during pregnancy, especially in your first trimester. However, this certainly does not mean you have to keep on suffering. Listed below are some medications and therapies that are safe to use while you are pregnant, but please be sure to consult your doctor first.

Safe Medications during Pregnancy


  • Steroid nasal spray (Rhinocort)
  • Loratadine (Claritin)
  • Diphenhydramine (Benadryl)

Flu and  Cold

  • Saline nasal spray or drops
  • Acetaminophen (Tylenol)


  • Metamucil
  • Colace


  • Polysporin
  • Neosporin
  • Bacitracin
  • First-Aid Cream


  • Oatmeal bath (i.e. Aveeno)
  • Hydrocortisone ointment or cream
  • Caladryl cream or lotion
  • Benadryl cream

It is essential to keep in mind that no medication is 100% safe during pregnancy, it is always best to consult your doctor before taking any new medication.  

Safe Alternative Therapies during Pregnancy

Many women rely on alternative therapies, especially during pregnancy, to avoid any pains and uncomfortable feelings.  Usually these therapies are safe, since they are natural. However, natural doesn’t always mean safe, which is why it is always recommended to consult your doctor before you opt for any new therapy.


  • Vitamin B6
  • Ginger root
  • Acupressure
  • Acupuncture
  • Thick syrup from can of orange, pineapples, mixed fruits, pears, or peaches might also work


  • Chiropractic (has been known to be the best cure)
  • Massage (only from trained pre-natal therapist)

Labor Pain

  • Epidurals
  • Soaking in warm baths
  • Breathing and relaxation techniques
  • Acupuncture

Alternative Therapies to Be Avoided

The following are some alternative therapies that should be avoided during pregnancy as they might harm the baby. Some increase the possibility of early labor and others may lead to birth defects.

Oral Supplements 

  • Vitamin A (high dose might cause birth defects)
  • Yellow dock
  • Yarrow
  • Wormwood
  • White peony
  • Tansy
  • Slippery root
  • Senna
  • John\’s wort
  • Sage
  • Rue
  • Poke root
  • Pennyroyal
  • Meadow saffron
  • Licorice
  • Kava kava
  • Juniper
  • Golden seal
  • Ginseng
  • Feverfew
  • Cotton root bark
  • Cinchona
  • Chinese angelica (dong quai)
  • Chaste tree berry
  • Cascara
  • Blue cohosh
  • Black cohosh
  • Beth root
  • Arbor vitae

Essential Oils

  • Thyme
  • Marjoram
  • Myrrh
  • Hyssop
  • Basil
  • Wintergreen
  • Sage
  • Pennyroyal
  • Mugwort
  • Calamus

Getting sick during pregnancy adds to the stress about which pills to take and whether they have side effects that can harm your baby. Therefore, it is highly recommended that you avoid taking any medication, therapy or supplement you have doubts about and consult your doctor before you use any medication that hasn’t been prescribed.  


Dr. Shalin Parikh, M.D. is a primary care provider offering skilled, compassionate care in and around Irving and Coppell, TX.