Can You Take Alka Seltzer During Pregnancy?

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By Abby McCoy | Updated on Jan 4, 2024
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If you’re pregnant and have an upset stomach, you may feel like turning to that old classic, Alka Seltzer, but your healthcare provider may want you to try some other options first.

The traditional version of this medicine was made up of citric acid, sodium bicarbonate (which makes the fizz), and aspirin. But this drug has changed since your grandpa took it after a long night of fun.

Alka-Seltzer offers a wide variety of products now, and each one has slightly different ingredients. Aspirin is considered safe during pregnancy in low doses (60-150 milligrams daily), but the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reports sodium bicarbonate may cause harm to developing babies. 

Studies on sodium bicarbonate are out of date, though, so your best bet on this one is to give your provider a quick call and ask. They’ll be familiar with the ingredients on the list and be able to guide you toward the safest option.

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Can You Take Alka Seltzer During Pregnancy?

 Abby McCoy Profile Photo
By Abby McCoy | Updated on Jan 4, 2024
Image for article Can You Take Alka Seltzer During Pregnancy?

If you’re pregnant and have an upset stomach, you may feel like turning to that old classic, Alka Seltzer, but your healthcare provider may want you to try some other options first.

The traditional version of this medicine was made up of citric acid, sodium bicarbonate (which makes the fizz), and aspirin. But this drug has changed since your grandpa took it after a long night of fun.

Alka-Seltzer offers a wide variety of products now, and each one has slightly different ingredients. Aspirin is considered safe during pregnancy in low doses (60-150 milligrams daily), but the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reports sodium bicarbonate may cause harm to developing babies. 

Studies on sodium bicarbonate are out of date, though, so your best bet on this one is to give your provider a quick call and ask. They’ll be familiar with the ingredients on the list and be able to guide you toward the safest option.

Pregnant woman holding her stomach on a bed with a plant in the background

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