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Is heparin safe for pregnant and breast-feeding women?

Although no direct risks have been established between using heparin while pregnant or breastfeeding, it should only be used if absolutely necessary. It may be used, for instance, in the case of certain women who have a history of miscarriages in an effort to bring the current pregnancy to term. If you are using heparin and become pregnant, consult your doctor. Heparin cannot pass through the placenta and is not found in breast milk. However, because it contains benzyl alcohol, a substance that can be harmful to a developing fetus or newborns, it is best to limit any potential exposure if possible.


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