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What should I know about taking medicine during pregnancy?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

There are some medications that may be safe to use during pregnancy, but in many cases the effects of common medications have not been evaluated well enough to say with certainty that they are safe. Often a woman's particular case or medical history may make a safe drug problematic. Sometimes anti-nausea medications are prescribed for severe nausea and vomiting, but these are only used in cases where the mother is dehydrated or losing weight. Headaches and back pain are also experienced during pregnancy, but many doctors suggest using other methods of pain relief, such as massage, to reduce the pain, rather than taking an over-the-counter pain reliever. Before taking any medication, it's a good idea to check with your doctor.

You may need to stop taking some medications during your pregnancy or stop them for a while early in pregnancy and then take them again later in pregnancy. Your healthcare professional will discuss your options with you.

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