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Prenatal Care | What to Expect | Prenatal Medication

Obstetrics - Prenatal Medication

Where to Start
Starting on a multivitamin with folic acid prior to your pregnancy is ideal, but if you have not yet, make sure to start immediately upon confirmation of your pregnancy.

The flu vaccine is recommended if you are pregnant during flu season, and you will asked to obtain this from your primary care provider or public health clinic. Colds are common during pregnancy, so rest and plenty of fluids are encouraged, as well as a humidifier in your bedroom.

Remember to eat well-balanced meals and include two small snacks in between. Be sure to include diary products such as milk, cheese and yogurt, and if you are lactose intolerant take a calcium supplement. (back to top)

Safe Medications
Tylenol is safe to use for headaches and other general pains, and Sudafed for nasal stuffiness. Robitussin is okay to use for coughs, as well as cough drops, nasal air strips and Vicks vapor rub. A warm bath may also help to soothe and relax.

Tums may be used for heartburn, or as a calcium supplement, with two a day as the recommended dose. Antacids, Tagamet, Pepcid AC and Zantac are also safe.

Nausea and vomiting are common, especially in your first trimester. Dry crackers or pretzels may be helpful, as well as ginger ale. For more severe cases, you can try Dramime or Unisom. Vitamin B6 25mg may also be taken three times a day. If you experience vomiting for more than 12 hours please contact our office. (back to top)

What to Avoid
Aspirin and Motrin should be avoided- use Tylenol instead. Stay away from contact with cat litter to prevent toxoplasmosis. Pregnant women should always wear gloves while gardening, and avoid eating raw or undercooked food. Avoid excess sugar, sweets and caffeine. Do not eat large quantities of big fish (shark, swordfish, king mackerel or tilefish) because they may contain high levels of mercury, and limit your consumption of locally caught fish to less than 6 oz. a week.

You may continue the exercise program you participated in prior to pregnancy, with the exception of contact sports, horseback riding and deep sea diving.

Defer all x-rays unless absolutely necessary, and if treatment procedures are done use local anesthesia and not inhalation anesthesia.

Please avoid all tobacco products during your pregnancy, as well as all alcohol and illicit drugs. If you need help to quit smoking, please call the Delaware Quitline at 1-800-409-1858. (back to top)

If you have any other questions regarding safety of medications or activities, please check in with us to discuss your concerns.


Khan Obstetrics and Gynecology Associates, P.A. | 1113 S. State Street, Dover, DE | Phone (302) 735.8720 | Fax (302) 735.8724