For pain, headaches, backaches: Tylenol 325 mg. Take 2 pills every 4 – 6 hours as needed.
For Heartburn: Zantac 75 to 150mg am and pm. Tums as needed
For Nasal Congestion/cold symptoms: Claritin daily OR Zyrtec daily OR Benadryl 50 mg daily. Sudafed OR Mucinex OR Robitussin are safe to treat cold symptoms in pregnancy. Remember a humidifier or Vicks Vapor-rub are safe options as well for comfort when dealing with cold/congestion in pregnancy. Hot tea and hot soup will relieve symptoms for over 2 hours.
Flu: We recommend all pregnant women get a flu shot during pregnancy. You can get this from your local pharmacy or general practitioner. You can get this vaccine at any time during your pregnancy. It is not recommended to get the flu mist/nasal spray during pregnancy. For more information visit the CDC website: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/vaccine/pregnant.htm
Tdap: We recommend all pregnant women get the Tdap vaccine between 26 – 36 weeks pregnant. We also encourage partners or those living with the newborn to get a Tdap. Local pharmacies and general practitioners offer these vaccines.
The Tdap vaccine helps protect the baby from Pertussis, also known as whooping cough. “After receiving the whooping cough vaccine, your body will create protective antibodies (proteins produced by the body to fight off diseases) and pass some of them to your baby before birth. These antibodies provide your baby some short-term protection against whooping cough in early life. These antibodies can also protect your baby from some of the more serious complications that come along with whooping cough.” (CDC, 2017 https://www.cdc.gov/pertussis/pregnant/mom/get-vaccinated.html)