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Pregnancy and Medicines



During pregnancy, any medicines you take, including over-the counter or prescription drugs, herbs, or supplements, can get into your baby's system. Some medicines may be safe, but many are not. The decision about whether or not to take a medicine depends on the risks and benefits. You and your health care provider should make this choice together. Labels on prescription and over-the-counter drugs have information that can help with the decision.

Always speak with your health care provider before you start or stop any medicine. Not using medicine that you need may be more harmful to you and your baby than using the medicine.

Dept. of Health and Human Services Office on Women's Health