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Drugs in Pregnancy

Pregnancy, whether planned or a pleasant surprise, brings with it important concerns about prescription and over the counter drugs. Not every medication poses a risk to your unborn baby. However, some do. Talk to your doctor. Discuss the relative risks and benefits of any prescribed drug therapy and do NOT take over-the-counter drugs or naturopathic remedies without first consulting your physician.

If you are currently planning your pregnancy, supplement your diet now with appropriate amounts of folic acid.

If you are already pregnant, Motherisk's published research can help you and your doctor make informed decisions about possible drug therapy. Since 1985, Motherisk has reviewed data from around the world, conducting controlled, prospective studies to determine the potential risks of therapeutic drugs during pregnancy. It is now clear that there are many drugs that are safe for use in pregnancy.

Click on any of the following links to find Motherisk's published studies on the safety or risk of specific drugs during pregnancy, and be sure to consult your doctor or other medical professional.

Drugs, chemicals, radiation & herbal products in pregnancy


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