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Painkillers That are Safe During Pregnancy

Lets see which painkillers are safe for pregnant women. Acetaminophen and specific NSAIDs, with medical advice, ensure both mother and baby's well-being.

By Avatantika SinghPublished 10 months ago 3 min read

During pregnancy, it's common to experience aches and pains due to hormonal changes and the growth of the little one. Turning to pain-relief medication may seem obvious, but you must consult your doctor before taking any painkillers during pregnancy, even over-the-counter options. Every pregnant woman experiences pain differently, and pain treatment has no proper guidelines when you're expecting a baby. Painkillers that are safe to consume during pregnancy.

Painkillers that are safe to consume during pregnancy

Let's review and provide guidelines on different pain medicines during pregnancy and establish which are safe to consume:


Paracetamol (also known as acetaminophen or Tylenol) is the commonly available drug often recommended as a safe option and is the best pain killer in pregnancy. This drug is primarily used to ease symptoms like headaches, fever, aches, pains, and sore throat. In most cases, pregnant women receive the green light from their doctors to use acetaminophen. It is the most commonly recommended pain reliever for pregnant women.

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Numerous research has been conducted to ensure its safety. Some studies suggest that taking acetaminophen daily for a longer period can cause more harm than good. So, as a pregnancy tip, it is better to consult your doctor.

It is also worth mentioning that paracetamol is not associated with major issues like miscarriage or congenital disabilities. Some evidence suggests potential mild developmental delays, wheezing, or asthma in babies.


When you're pregnant, your doctor will advise against using non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen, naproxen, aspirin, and celecoxib to treat fever, headaches, and muscle pain. During the first 20 weeks of gestation, you can use ibuprofen and naproxen as they are generally considered safe to use at that time.

Read also: Fetal Movement During Every Trimester of Pregnancy

After 20 weeks, doctors will not recommend all NSAIDs. It may be due to the potential risks it can cause during this stage, like low amniotic fluid, which can be a serious problem for the fetus. It can even result in kidney problems. These complications are rare, but when occurring, they can be fatal.

It's important to use NSAIDs only under the supervision and guidance of your doctor to ensure the well-being of both you and your baby. You can also ask the doctor for safer alternatives to minimize potential risks.

Non-drug treatment options to bring relief from pain

Instead of relying on medication during pregnancy for pain, it is best to try non-drug treatment. Here are some best tips to get some relief from mild or moderate pain:

  • Relaxation or deep breathing techniques
  • Gentle exercise
  • Physiotherapy
  • Acupuncture or Acupressure
  • Application of hot and cold packs


The most important pregnancy tip is to always consult your doctor before taking any pain relief medicine. Although plenty of pain relief options are available for pregnant women, it's essential to be careful with over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription analgesic medications, as they can potentially lead to severe or even life-threatening complications for you and your baby.

At Cryoviva, you can use a pregnancy calculator to determine your estimated due date. Moreover, you can learn more about preserving stem cells. Schedule a consultation with Cryoviva stem cell experts today to learn more about the benefits and process of preserving your baby's umbilical cord blood.

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About the Creator

Avatantika Singh

I am Avantika Singh working at Cryoviva and a health care blogger and also gives information about stem cell preservation in India. Cryoviva Biotech is a company in India that offers stem cell preservation services in India.

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