Over-the-Counter Medications During Pregnancy: Safe or Not?

Some of those over the counter medications you took pre-pregnancy might not be safe now. Here’s what you can have and when to ask you doctor.


-Not feeling so hot? You might be tempted to grab your go-to remedy from the medicine cabinet, but not all over-the-counter pain relievers are safe for you and baby. Here is the skinny on what you can pop and what you should stop. Acetaminophen such as Tylenol is safe and recommended by doctors during pregnancy. You can even take the extra strength kind just don't take more than directed on the bottle. Sad, but true, lots of popular over-the-counter meds can cause developmental problems in your baby and some could even cause miscarriage. Stay away from ibuprofen and aspirin, active ingredient in products such as Advil and Excedrin. In the end, double check any medication with your doctor or pharmacist even if you think it should be fine.

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