Every substance you consume can cross the placenta and reach your baby. So how can you protect your little one in the womb and stay healthy yourself when it comes to taking medication in pregnancy. Here are some tips…
Prescription meds: We can’t know whether a new drug is safe for use in pregnancy because there is no way to test it. Some drugs are known to be unsafe for use in pregnancy because they have caused birth defects in the past. If you already take a prescription medication and you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant, don’t stop taking it or make any adjustments yourself. Talk to your healthcare provider right away for advice.
Over the counter: Do not use any over-the-counter drug, supplement or herbal product without advice from your healthcare provider or pharmacist. Some that may be perfectly safe to take at other times may be inappropriate and even harmful to your baby during pregnancy. For example, some meds contain caffeine, which is to be used with caution in pregnancy.
Compounding: A compounding pharmacy such as NewSpring can work with you and your healthcare provider to adjust doses, dosage forms and ingredients to make your necessary meds safer for you and your baby during pregnancy. Call us at 623-932-9800.
Help for addiction: There is help available for pregnant mothers or those planning to become pregnant who are struggling with addiction. A great resource is ‘Addiction and Pregnancy: A Guide for Mothers’ at www. drugrehab.com/guides/pregnancy
Resources: An excellent resource for information on meds and other exposures during pregnancy is OTIS. Visit their website or to speak to with an OTIS counselor, call 1-866-626-6847.