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What Medicines are Safe During Pregnancy?

Expecting mothers can get advice almost everywhere. But that advice can be confusing and stressful when trying to figure out what is best for you and your baby. This is especially true for medications…there’s a lot of information on the internet and on the tiny bottles/packaging. And, few actually specify if they are safe for moms-to-be.

Talk with your Provider

So how do you find the safest medications to take while pregnant? “You should visit your healthcare provider as early as possible when you find out that you’re pregnant,” says Lesley Jackson, MD, St. Claire Family Medicine physician. “Since no woman or pregnancy is the same, your provider can help guide you towards the safest medications to prevent possible risks for you and your baby.”

Dr. Jackson doesn’t recommend that you start any new medications or stop taking current medications without discussing it with your provider first; especially if you are treating a chronic health condition like high blood pressure, diabetes, or seizures. “An untreated health condition can be more harmful than medication used to control them,” says Dr. Jackson. “Write down all the prescription and over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and herbal/dietary supplements you normally use, or are thinking of using, and discuss each of them with your provider. Although many medications come with risks during pregnancy, you and your provider can create a medication plan that works best for you and your baby.”

Safe to Take

Below is a compiled list of common concerns along with remedies and medications that are generally considered safe for pregnant women. Medications on this list with an asterisk should be taken sparingly and only when other remedies have failed. Make sure to let your healthcare provider know if you use an over-the-counter medication for more than seven days or if you aren’t noticing improvement.

St. Claire Family Medicine offers comprehensive obstetrical services including prenatal, childbirth, and mother/baby care. Schedule an appointment with one of our family medicine providers online at www.st-claire.org/appointment or call 606.784.6641.