Taking medication while pregnant can be confusing and worrisome. There are about six million pregnancies in the U.S. each year, and 50% of pregnant women say that they take at least one medication. Some women take medicines for health problems, like diabetes, morning sickness or high blood pressure that can start or get worse when a woman is pregnant, and others take medicines before they realize they are pregnant.
“Knowing what medications are approved during pregnancy and which ones to stay away from can be tricky,” says Dr. Shannon Price. “We can help our patients navigate those waters to be sure they’re comfortable and also keeping their baby safe.”
Here are four (4) tips to help you talk to your healthcare provider about how prescription and over-the-counter medicines might affect you and your baby.
1. Ask Questions.
Always talk to your healthcare provider before you take any medicines, herbs, or vitamins.Don't stop taking your medicines until your healthcare provider says that it is OK.
2. Read the Label
Check the drug label and other information you get with your medicine to learn about the possible risks for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. The labeling tells you what is known about how the drugs might affect pregnant women. Your healthcare provider can help you decide if you should take the medicine.
3. Be Smart Online.
Ask your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist about the information you get online.Some websites say that drugs are safe to take during pregnancy, but you should check with your healthcare provider first. Every woman's body is different. It may not be safe for you.
4. Report Problems.
First, tell your healthcare provider about any problems you have with your medicine. Also, tell FDA about any serious problems you have after taking a medicine.
- Call 1-800-FDA-1088 to get a reporting form sent to you by mail.
- Report problems online.
Affinity Physicians for women is dedicated to keeping our patients safe and their unborn babies healthy. Call us with any questions you may have regarding medications and pregnancy.
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