Vitamins and Medications

During your pregnancy, pay special attention to your nutrition and medication usage. Your baby's health depends on it! Make sure you're getting enough vitamins by eating the right foods and taking supplements, if necessary. Check our medications list to ensure you're safely treating any illness. Be sure to tell your OB-GYN all of the medications or supplements you're currently taking so they can recommend any necessary adjustments.

Proper nutrition during your pregnancy is vital to your new baby's development and overall health. The right amounts for you may vary depending on your own health situation. The American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists (ACOG) provides some basic guidelines, but you should talk with your doctor about whether any adjustments to your daily dosages are necessary.

Nutrient
Why You Need It
Best Sources

Protein

Main building block for cells provides reserves for labor and delivery.

Eggs, lean meats, poultry, fish,cheese, milk, dried peas, beans.

Carbohydrate

Provides energy, allows protein to be used for tissue growth.

Whole-grain & fortified breads & cereals, fruits, vegetables, rice, pasta, potatoes.

Vitamin A

Promotes healthy skin, eyesight & bone growth.

Orange & yellow fruits & vegetables; liver, egg yolks, fortified milk.

Beta Carotene

Antioxidant, body converts it to Vitamin A.

Orange and yellow fruits and vegetables.

Vitamin D

Prevents bone deformation; regulates use of calcium in mother and baby.

Fortified milk, sardines, sunlight.

Vitamin C

Forms healthy gums, teeth & bones, keeps tissues in top shape, and improves iron absorption.

Citrus fruits, broccoli, peppers, berries, melons, potatoes with skin

Folic Acid

Helps blood cell & hemoglobin formation; early in pregnancy may prevent neural tube defects.

Dark leafy greens, dried peas & beans, whole-grain breads & cereals, citrus fruits, bananas, cantaloupe, tomatoes.

Thiamine

Helps release energy from carbohydrates; maintains healthy brain & nerve cells & heart function.

Whole & enriched grains, beans, pork.

Calcium

Promotes strong bones & teeth, helps blood clot, helps nerves & muscles respond.

Milk, cheese, yogurt, tofu, sardines, green/leafy vegetables.

Iron

Helps prevent anemia, carries oxygen to blood, helps immune system, prevents fatigue.

Meats, fish, poultry, legumes, green/leafy vegetables, whole & enriched grains.

Niacin

Helps metabolism of carbohydrates & fats, helps functioning of nervous & digestive systems, maintains healthy skin.

Meats, poultry, fish, whole & enriched grains.

B6 & B12

Helps prevent anemia, skin lesions, helps normal brain function, helps in making DNA, helps with nervous system.

Green leafy vegetables, meals, poultry, fish, milk, eggs, yogurt.

It's important to pay special attention to medications you take while you are pregnant, especially during the first trimester, a critical time for your baby's development. Unless otherwise noted, the following medications have no known harmful effects during pregnancy when taken according to the package directions. However, no drug can be considered 100% safe.

If you wish to learn more about the safety of any medication please contact your OB-GYN or pharmacist. Your health care provider will consider a medication's benefits and risks, and make recommendations for your specific needs and particular situation to ensure you and your baby’s health.

Symptom Medications

Cough

• Robitussin Regular
• Robitussin DM

Headache or Fever

• Tylenol (acetaminophen)
• Tylenol PM
• Extra Strength Tylenol

Muscle Aches/Pain

Bengay, Tiger Balm, or Icy Hot

Cold & Flu

• See Headache or Fever
DO NOT TAKE: Advil, Nuprin, Motrin, Aleve, Midol, and Naprosyn. Discuss these with your provider. Do not take Tylenol “SA” (Sustained Action) or any “Multi-Symptoms” forms
DO NOT TAKE non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS). NSAIDS may affect the developing fetal heart.

Allergies

• Benadryl or Claritin
• Chlor-Trimeton
• Alavert
• Tavist ND Allergy

Itch or Rash

• Hydrocortisone cream or ointment
• Benadryl cream
• Oatmeal bath (Aveeno)

Heartburn/Acid Reflux

• Maalox, or Mylanta
• Tums or Rolaids
• Pepcid or Zantac

Sore Throat

• Mix 1tsp salt in 8oz glass of warm water and gargle
• Chloraseptic Throat Spray
• Throat Lozenges

Minor Cuts & Scrapes

• Bacitracin, Neosporin, or Polysporin first aid ointment

Nasal Congestion

• Sudafed (DO NOT use in 1st trimester) One pill 3 times per day
• Actifed Cold and Allergy (DO NOT use in 1st trimester)
• Actifed Cold and Sinus (DO NOT use in 1st trimester)
• Saline nasal drops or spray

Gas

• Mylanta or Gas X
• Mylicon or Phazyme

Nausea

• Ginger
• Morning Sickness Magic
• Unisom or Dramamine
• Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine)

Hemorrhoids

• Tucks
• Anusol
• Preparation H

Insomnia

• Benadryl
• Tylenol PM
• Unisom

Diarrhea

• Imodium A-D
• Kaopectate
• Pepto Diarrhea Control

Constipation

• Metamucil
• Citrucil
• Colace, Dulcolax, or Senekot
• Milk of Magnesia

Yeast Infection

• Gyne-Lotrimin
• Mycelex
• Vagistat
• Monistat 3
• Monistat 7