Medications Safe To Take During The Second Trimester

It is important to be aware of the fact that everything that enters your body has the potential to pass through the placenta into your baby’s body. Because of this, it is important to be certain which medications, whether they are prescription medications or whether they are over-the-counter medications, are appropriate for any particular time during your pregnancy. When you are in your second trimester, for example, you need to know which medications are safe to take during the second trimester. As always, you should not only follow the advice here but talk to your health care provider if you are concerned about which medications are safe to take during the second trimester, or at any time during your pregnancy.

Many common over-the-counter cold medications should be safe to take during the second trimester. Sudafed, Actifed, and Chlor-trimeton, for example, are thought to be all right, as is Robitussin. For constipation, Colace, Metamucil, and milk of magnesia are thought to be medications safe to take during the second trimester. Mineral oil, however, should be avoided during the second trimester.

In terms of pain relievers, Tylenol or acetaminophen are thought to be all right during pregnancy. You should avoid aspirin or ibuprofen during the second trimester, unless your health care provider indicates otherwise. For heartburn, Gelusil and Maalox are safe medications to take during the second trimester. Baking soda and Pepto Bismol should be avoided, and are not medications that are safe to take during the second trimester.

Medications are put into certain categories based on how safe they are to take during pregnancy, including the second trimester. Category A medicine have never demonstrated a risk to the baby. Category B medications have shown no risk to the baby, but there are not adequate studies for pregnant women. Category C medications have show risk to the fetus in animal studies, but there are no human studies. Category D shows evidence of risk to the baby, but the benefits may outweigh the risk. Finally, Category X medications show risks and the risks will outweigh potential benefits.


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