You’ve got a headache — can you take ibuprofen? What about an herbal cream for muscle aches — is it safe? During pregnancy, some medications are safe; others may pose problems. Talk to your healthcare provider to be sure you’re not putting yourself or baby at risk.
Before taking any recommended over-the-counter (OTC) meds, prescriptions or medicinal herbs during your pregnancy, ask your healthcare provider these questions:
- What is this medicine or herb?
- What does it treat?
- What side effects might my baby or I experience?
- What is the smallest effective dose?
- How long will I need to take this medication?
Be cautious about using medications that contain multiple ingredients. They are more likely to contain extra substances that may harm your baby.
Also, be aware that many OTC medications contain alcohol. For example, some cough medicines are 25 percent alcohol. Ask your healthcare provider if you should use such products during pregnancy.