What common medicines can I take during pregnancy?


Natalie: It pays to think twice during pregnancy before you take any common medication.  All drugs have side effects, even over-the-counter medication.  Some drugs can actually cause harmful effects on your baby so please check with a pharmacist, midwife or GP before you take anything.


If you need to take any painkillers when you’re pregnant one of the safest to take is paracetamol, as long as you don’t exceed the maximum recommended dose, and if you are experiencing pain please still get advice from your GP or midwife.


If you have a long-term condition, such as asthma, or thyroid problems, or epilepsy or diabetes – and you’re probably taking drugs for those – often those drugs are safe to take in pregnancy but it’s essential you seek advice, if possible before you actually get pregnant.


Many things can be treated when you are pregnant but it’s important that you seek advice first.