Since I'm pregnant, is it correct that no off-the-shelf medication should be taken by me?
Lots of medicines which were once safe to buy off-the-shelf are now best avoided. As a pregnant lady it is advisable to follow your doctor's advice on what you should take even if you are down with the most common infections like cold, cough and headaches. This is because some drugs can cause an early miscarriage, whereas some are thought to account for 2% to 3% of birth defects.
Can I at least take an aspirin for my headaches sometimes?
Most headache medicines, such as aspirin, brufen and ibuprofen, along with most prescription migraine drugs, are not recommended for pregnant women. If you are prone to severe migraines, ask your doctor about which ones are okay for you.