Medications During Pregnancy

During your pregnancy, we recommend that you do not take any medications without first consulting your physician. The following are common complaints and certain over the counter medicines that are safe to use as directed in pregnancy.

For Indigestion:

Indigestion can often be prevented by eating smaller, more frequent bland meals. Additionally, do not lie down for sixty minutes after eating. Lastly, use the following medications as directed as they can often be helpful in eliminating discomfort associated with indigestion. TUMS, ROLAIDS, MAALOX or MYLANTA.

A) O.K. To Take: Mylanta, Maalox.

B) Make Appointment to See Doctor if: Abdominal pain is not resolving.

For Nausea or Morning Sickness:

Starchy foods like crackers, dry toast or pretzels can be helpful. Also ginger ale can be soothing to an upset stomach. Report worsening symptoms to your physician immediately if you cannot tolerate food or water.

A) Increase fluid intake using Gatorade, Eat small frequent, bland meals.

B) Make Appointment to See Doctor if: Unable to tolerate fluids or if feeling weak and dizzy.

For Constipation:

Try to increase the bulk (fiber) and roughage in your diet by eating more bran, leafy green vegetables, salads and fresh or dried fruit. You should also increase the amount of fluid you drink. If these suggestions do not help, you may try product METAMUCIL or FIBERCON, which are bulk forming substances. Other products which may give relief are DULCOLAX or COLACE. Contact your physician if the constipation is not relieved after two days

A) O.K. To Take: Metamucil, Konsyl - Stool softener and natural laxative Dulcolax, Co/ace - Stool softeners.

For Hemorrhoids:

Keeping bowel movements soft and avoiding the need to strain are most important in reducing irritation from hemorrhoids (see above). You may also try warm baths several times a days as well as TUCKS pads or PREPARATION H.

For Diarrhea:

A) Increase fluid intake using Gatorade, then Add BRAT diet - Bananas, Rice, Applesauce, Tea or toast.

B) Make Appointment to See Doctor if: Fever over 101. Not improved in 2-3 days. Feeling Weak and dizzy.

For Headaches:

Stress, being overworked or overtired and changes in hormone levels during pregnancy may be responsible for headaches. Be sure to get enough sleep, especially during the first few months of pregnancy, and to take a relaxation or rest break during daily activities. If you need to take a medication, use regular strength TYLENOL as directed on the package.

For Colds, Congestion or Flu:

It is most important to get plenty of rest and drink lots of fluids. TYLENOL should be used to reduce fever and body aches. SUDAFED, BENADRYL and CLARITIN can be used as decongestants, and ROBITUSSIN (plain) may be used for coughs. If you have a persistent fever (over 100.0) in spite of using Tylenol, or a cough which produces yellow or green sputum, please call the office.

A) O.K. To Take: Tylenol - Aches and pains. Sudafed, Claritin, Benadryl - congestion. Robitussin - coughing. Chloraseptic/Cepacol lozenges - sore throat.

B) Make Appointment To See Doctor if: Fever over 101. Coughing up a yellow/green sputum. Not getting better in 2-3 days.

For Allergies:

A) O.K. To Take: Benadryl, Claritin.

Alex Ferro, MD

Obstetrician and Gynecologist 

Dr. Alex Ferro is an OB-GYN serving patients in Miami, Florida. He speaks both English and Spanish.

Dr. Ferro attended Medical School at Universidad Autónoma de Centro América Facultad de Ciencias de la Salud, where he graduated “summa cum laude”. He then went on to complete an internship at Mount Sinai Hospital in Chicago, Illinois, followed by a Residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Mercer University, Memorial University Medical Center. During his training, he received numerous awards including the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists "Special Excellence in Endoscopic Procedures, The Organon Award for "Outstanding Research in Women's Health and the Berlex Best Teaching Resident Award. He also was one of only 2 residents physicians in the country who presented his original research at the South Atlantic Conference for Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

He has numerous publications in peer-reviewed journals including the very prestigious American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. He is a junior fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and a Fellow of the International College of Surgeons.

Dr. Ferro is currently is a clinical instructor and faculty member for the PA programs at Barry University and Miami Dade College. Dr. Ferro also maintains a hospital affiliation with the prestigious Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami , FL since 2004. Dr. Ferro has special training in minimally invasive pelvic surgery, advanced laparoscopy, and complex pelvic surgery.

He is an avid tournament and big game fisherman and a FAA certified instrument rated pilot. Dr. Ferro  enjoys traveling with his family and enjoys outdoor activities under the beautiful South Florida sun.

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