Pregnancy Drug Dangers (cont.)

What if I'm thinking about getting pregnant?

If you are not pregnant yet, you can help your chances for having a healthy baby by planning ahead. Schedule a pre-pregnancy checkup. At this visit, you can talk to your doctor about the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you use. It is very important that you keep treating your health problems while you are pregnant. Your doctor can tell you if you need to switch your medicine. Ask about vitamins for women who are trying to get pregnant. All women who can get pregnant should take a daily vitamin with folic acid (a B vitamin) to prevent birth defects of the brain and spinal cord. You should begin taking these vitamins before you become pregnant or if you could become pregnant. It is also a good idea to discuss caffeine, alcohol, and smoking with your doctor at this time.

Is it safe to use medicine while I am trying to become pregnant?

It is hard to know exactly when you will get pregnant. Once you do get pregnant, you may not know you are pregnant for 10 to 14 days or longer. Before you start trying to get pregnant, it is wise to schedule a meeting with your doctor to discuss medicines that you use daily or every now and then. Sometimes, medicines should be changed, and sometimes they can be stopped before a woman gets pregnant. Each woman is different. So you should discuss your medicines with your doctor rather than making medicine changes on your own.

If you are pregnant or thinking about getting pregnant:

  • Do not stop any prescribed medicines without first talking to your doctor.

  • Talk to your doctor before using any over-the-counter medicine.

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Pregnancy and Drugs - Prescriptions Question: If you had a pre-existing health condition, did you stop or continue to take medication during your pregnancy?
Pregnancy and Drugs - Vitamins Question: What vitamins did you take during pregnancy, and did you discuss taking them with your doctor first?
Pregnancy and Drugs - Herbs Question: What herbal remedies or natural products did you take during your pregnancy, and did you talk to your doctor?