It is important to try to avoid any unnecessary medications during the pregnancy, especially in the first trimester. Do not discontinue any prescribed medication without first discussing with me or with the prescribing physician. Tylenol or acetometaphen (not aspirin or ibuprofens) for headaches, decongestants, such as Sudafed, for congestion, and antacids for heartburn are okay during pregnancy. Prior to taking any other medications, including natural supplements, please discuss with Dr. Naples first.
Which vaccines are safe during pregnant?
- Hepatitis B—Recommended for protection of the mother and fetus if the mother is at high risk for contracting this infection.
- Influenza—It is preferable to wait to receive this vaccine until the first trimester is completed but can be given earlier if at significant risk.
- Tetanus/Diphtheria–This combination of vaccines are routinely recommended for pregnant women, both those who have never been immunized and those who have not received a booster in 10 years.
Which vaccines should pregnant women avoid?
The vaccines below can be associated with birth defects and should be avoided during pregnancy. It is advisable to delay pregnancy for at least 3 months after receiving them.
- Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR).
- Varicella—This vaccine, used to prevent chicken pox.