Medications & Minor Illness During Pregnancy

It is common to have questions regarding medication use during pregnancy. It is best if you avoid using medications during the first 12 weeks of your pregnancy, unless recommended for a specific condition. However if a specific condition develops, there are a number of medications that have demonstrated a wide margin of safety during pregnancy.

If you get a minor illness, such as a cold, runny nose, mild sore throat, headache, or temperature less than 100.4° the following Safe Medications in Pregnancy document has a list of safe medications that can be used. For any symptoms on this list lasting more than 3 days, call (770) 991-2200 to speak with the Triage Nurse or On-call Provider.

We also have this information on our minor illness during pregnancy information page.

Morning Sickness

Nausea, with or without vomiting, is commonly known as “morning sickness”. However, it may occur any time of the day or night. It is unclear why some women experience morning sickness, but it is often associated with the normal hormonal changes of pregnancy, low blood sugar, over eating, slower movement of the intestines, your enlarging uterus, and emotional factors. Rest assured, most cases of morning sickness go away by the 14th week of pregnancy. However, if you have severe symptoms (can’t keep down any food or liquids), call our office at (770) 991-2200 to speak with the Triage Nurse or On-Call Provider.

If this occurs during your pregnancy, view recommendations for morning sickness.

Common Discomforts of Pregnancy

Pregnancy symptoms are different for everyone and can vary from pregnancy to pregnancy. These symptoms can range from bothersome to downright uncomfortable. To learn more about these symptoms view the Common Discomforts of Pregnancy.