Advil® and Pregnancy

Can I take Advil® if I’m pregnant?

Unless directed by a doctor, Advil® should not be taken during pregnancy.

Ibuprofen should not be used during the third trimester of pregnancy.

It’s especially important not to take ibuprofen, the main ingredient in Advil®, during the last 3 months of pregnancy. Unless directed by a doctor, ibuprofen should not be consumed during this time.

Can I take Advil® if I’m breastfeeding?

Not unless recommended by your physician. If you have any health conditions or are taking other medications, it is important to talk to your doctor before taking Advil®.

Natural ways to relieve pregnancy pain

Dealing with the aches and pains associated with pregnancy can be a challenge, particularly if you have been instructed to avoid consuming pain medications like Advil®, Motrin®, Tylenol®, Aleve®, or Excedrin®. Here is a list of alternative solutions to help you manage your pain during pregnancy.

  • Use a heat pad or warm compress for throbbing and headaches (*do not soak in a hot bath or tub)
  • Use a cold compress for inflammation
  • Wear a maternity belt to reduce back pain
  • Get a prenatal massage
  • Rub on essential oils like peppermint, eucalyptus, or arnica
  • Get acupuncture
  • Try prenatal yoga or swimming
  • Visit a Chiropractor
  • Meditate and do breathing exercises