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(PIC)turing Pregnancy - Medication Use

Why does it matter?

  • Medication use during pregnancy can have large impacts on your child's health even if the medicine was prescribed to you by your doctor.

  • Exposures such as prescriptions, over-the counter-medications, supplements and herbal remedies may negatively affect your child during pregnancy.

  • Organogenesis (the formation of the child’s organs) happens within the first days after a missed period, during this time most are unaware they are pregnant and may still be taking medicines.

  • There are medications you can take during pregnancy that will have no impact on your child’s growth.



Certain medications are teratogens which means they could potentially cause a malformation or birth defect while your child is developing inside of you.



  • Do not stop taking medications that are important to your health. Talk to your doctor to determine which medications could affect a pregnancy and discuss alternative medications that would be safe to switch to.

  • Certain foods can interact with medication effectiveness.

  • Go to MotherToBaby and look up the medications you are currently taking. They have fact sheets that tell you what your medication is, the impact it could/could not have on a pregnancy, impact of the father taking the drug at time of conception and if you should take the medication while breastfeeding.

  • If you are considering breastfeeding, plan ahead and learn which medications won’t affect breast milk, keep in mind they may be different than the ones you can or cannot take while pregnant.

  • If you are taking a medication that is harmful during pregnancy, use birth control to reduce risk of getting pregnant.


MotherToBaby- These are given in English and Spanish

Treating for Two-CDC

Learn what medications are safe during breastfeeding- LactMed-NIH

Learn which foods may interact with your medication’s effectiveness

Page Updated: 8/7/2017