Important Resources

Over-the-Counter Medications

Important Resources

The following is a list of over-the-counter medications which are acceptable for use throughout your pregnancy.

  • Headache, pain, or discomfort: Tylenol, 2 regular strength every 4 hours ***AVOID ASPIRIN OR IBUPROFEN (MOTRIN, ADVIL)***
  • Cold, flu, congestion, sinus or allergy symptoms: Benadryl, Tylenol Cold and Sinus, and Claritin.
  • Cough: Robitussin DM
  • Nausea: Vitamin B6, Unisom, Emetrol, Dramamine (non-drowsy), Preggie Pops
  • Sore Throat: Throat lozenges, Chloraseptic
  • Heartburn: TUMS, Zantac75, Pepcid AC
  • Constipation: Colace (docusate sodium), Metamucil, Citrucel, FiberCon
  • Yeast Infections: Monistat, Gyne-Lotrimin
  • Sleep Problems: Tylenol PM, Unisom

Additional Resources


Use of Medication

  • Medication Safety in Pregnancy and Lactation -
  • Infant Risk Center - Medication safety during pregnancy and lactation
  • Speak to a live counselor to answer your questions and concerns about the safety of medication, herbs, supplements, or beauty products by calling 1-866-626-6847
  • You may always consider chiropractic and/or acupuncture for non-medicinal treatment of these issues. Additionally, Wish Garden Herbs makes a complete pregnancy and postpartum line of herbal tinctures -

Postpartum Support

Recommended Reading

  • The Natural Pregnancy Book by Aviva Romm, MD is a “must have” book for pregnancy. There are safe herbal alternatives to over-the-counter medications. Order Online
  • The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding by Diane Wiessinger Order Online
  • Ina May’s Guide to Breastfeeding by Ina May Gaskin Order Online

If you are planning a natural birth:

  • Homebirth in the Hospital: Integrating Natural Childbirth with Modern Medicine by Dr. Stacey Kerr Order Online
  • Natural Hospital Birth: The Best of Both Worlds by Cynthia Gabriel Order Online
  • Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin Order Online
  • New Active Birth: A Concise Guide to Natural Childbirth by Janet Balaskas Order Online
  • Birthing from Within by Pam England Order Online

Many women have found The Everything Pregnancy Book helpful to organize questions and answer Frequently Asked Questions. Order Online