Can I take Nurofen while I’m pregnant?

You must not take Nurofen during the first 6 months of your pregnancy except if advised to by your doctor. Do not take Nurofen at all during the last 3 months of your pregnancy.

Pregnancy is a time when special care needs to be taken with medicines. Some medicines that are suitable for use by adults and children should not be used by pregnant women. If you’ve recently found out you are pregnant, make time to talk with your doctor about all your medications.

Your doctor can also give you advice about pain relief options, to help you manage your pain effectively during pregnancy and give your baby a good start to life.

Key facts about Nurofen and pregnancy:

 

  • Do not use if trying to become pregnant, or during the first 6 months of pregnancy except on doctor's advice. Do not use at all during the last 3 months of pregnancy
  • There are other pain relief medications that can be used during pregnancy. Talk with your doctor or pharmacist to find out what might be right for you.
  • Some Nurofen products contain sodium. If you’re on a low sodium diet, check with your healthcare professional before taking Nurofen.

Why do I need to avoid Nurofen during pregnancy?

The active ingredient in Nurofen is ibuprofen. Ibuprofen belongs to a group of medicines called non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (or NSAIDs). Some studies have found that NSAIDs may increase the risk of miscarriage if they are used during early pregnancy. Later in pregnancy, NSAIDs may affect a baby’s immature kidneys or circulatory system.

When will I be able to start using ibuprofen again?

If your doctor has advised you to do so, you can take ibuprofen after your child is born and while you are breastfeeding. Always consult your doctor or healthcare professional first. 

Alternatives to ibuprofen during pregnancy

There are ways to manage pain during pregnancy that don’t include ibuprofen or other NSAIDs. For advice on pain relief when pregnant, talk with your healthcare provider or pharmacist. Make sure you tell them you are pregnant so they can recommend pain relief options that are suitable for you and your unborn baby.