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Which Medications Are Safe During Pregnancy?

Did you know that many medications are ok to take during pregnancy or while breastfeeding?

According to the Center of Disease Control:

Almost every pregnant woman will face a decision about taking medicines and medications before and during pregnancy. However, not all medicines are safe to take during pregnancy. Some medicines may cause birth defects, pregnancy loss, prematurity, infant death, or developmental disabilities. Treating for Two is a program that aims to improve the health of women and babies by identifying the safest treatment options for common conditions before, during, and after pregnancy.

What is the problem with medications and pregnancy?

In the United States, 9 in 10 women take medicine during pregnancy, but not all medicines and medications are safe to take during pregnancy. Some medicines may cause birth defects, pregnancy loss, prematurity, infant death, or developmental disabilities.

Almost every pregnant woman will face a decision about taking medicine before and during pregnancy. Women and their doctors should discuss the best treatment options together.

What is CDC Doing to Help?

Treating for Two is CDC’s prescription for this problem. CDC is committed to working with its partners and the public to understand and communicate the safety of medicines used to treat common conditions before, during, and after pregnancy. Our mission is to provide evidence-based guidance on safer medication use during pregnancy and provide products to support shared decision making among women and healthcare professionals.

 

The CDC has a list of selected guidelines and some recommendations for managing various illnesses or conditions during pregnancy. Please see their list here. The CDC has also provided a very helpful infographic that illustrates the challenges that women face during pregnancy in regards to taking medications and medicines. Please view and download that information here.

Also, to check which medications and medicines are safe call the Pregnancy Riskline from 8am-5pm weekdays at (801) 328-2229 (Utah locals ) or (866) 626-6847 if you are out of state.


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