You should follow these basic guidelines when it comes to medication:
- Don't self-prescribe meds. Any pill you want to pop, run it by your OB or midwife first.
- Don't stop any medications you're currently taking. The issue of medicine is often a risk-benefit decision. If you're at high risk of a complication by not taking your medication, you may very well be putting your baby's in harm way by stopping.
- Don't rely on the average Internet site. It's easy to get caught up in message boards and the thousands of health sites out there. When it comes to medical info, you need to make sure the source is reliable and respectable. Three very reputable sites we recommend for cutting-edge updates: www.motherisk.org, www.realage.com, and www.drugsafetysite.org
- While your doc will advise you on medication doses, you should know that you may need a higher dose as your pregnancy progresses because the rate that you break down drugs while pregnant differs from the non-pregnant state.
If you're interested in complementary medicine, choose a provider who shares your perspective on herbs and other natural remedies.
Find out more about this book:YOU: Having a Baby: The Owner's Manual to a Happy and Healthy Pregnancy