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Cold Medicines to Take During the 3rd Trimester of Pregnancy

author image Lara Alspaugh
Lara Alspaugh is a registered nurse with a Bachelor of Science in nursing from Michigan State University. She is a faculty member at Lansing Community College in the nursing department. Her work can be found on and as well as many print magazines and newspapers.
Cold Medicines to Take During the 3rd Trimester of Pregnancy
Having a cold while pregnant doesn't have to be miserable. Photo Credit: Travis Manley/Hemera/Getty Images

Getting a cold during pregnancy is hard, having a cold during your third trimester can be miserable. Looking for relief in over-the-counter medications is typically accepted during your third trimester, though after you reach 38 weeks you'll want to hold off on taking any cold medications as most health care providers don't recommend it. Not all medications are considered safe during pregnancy, and some women have conditions related to their pregnancies that would deem certain cold medicines not safe to take. It is important that you consult your health care provider before taking any medications—including those that are sold over-the-counter—to be sure they will not interfere with any medications you are presently taking or your pregnancy.

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Recommended Cough Medications

The University of Michigan Health Care System lists the following medications as acceptable to use during your third trimester: Robitussin and Robitussin DM cough syrups and Vicks plain cough syrup. These medications are considered probably safe but should not be taken after 38 weeks gestation, taking these drugs too close to the birth of your baby may put your baby at risk.

Expectorants and Suppressants

Taking an expectorant during the day can help break up the mucus and clear your passageways and a cough suppressant at night time can help you sleep uninterrupted which is so important to you and your baby.

Decongestants and Pain Relievers

Tylenol and Sudafed are considered probably safe by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) during the third trimester of pregnancy by most health care providers. Cold and flu combinations of these medications may be mixed with other drug ingredients, making them unsafe.

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