Taking Medicines in Pregnancy

Every woman wants the very best for her baby and it is natural for you to want to avoid exposing your developing baby to medications if at all possible. However, this desire needs to be balanced with the risk of possible adverse effects you may suffer if you stop taking your prescribed medication.

Many women are on prescribed medication before they get pregnant – for many reasons. Some of these medications can be taken safely in pregnancy. Some should be minimised or avoided at certain stages of the pregnancy and some should be avoided altogether during pregnancy. If you are on medication and thinking of becoming pregnant it is best to see your GP for advice. Your GP may decide to refer you to to an obstetrician for further advice and pre-pregnancy counselling. If you can, it is always best to ask the questions before you become pregnant.

Some women may need to have treatment during the course of their pregnancy for a variety of reasons such as nausea and vomiting, urinary tract infections, gestational diabetes and raised blood pressure. The medicines that are prescribed by obstetricians are chosen for their effectiveness at controlling the problem and their safety to your baby.

A list of common reasons for taking medication during pregnancy is given below.

  • Ashthma
  • Epilepsy
  • Diabetes
  • Thyroid problems
  • High blood pressure
  • Depression
  • The need for anti-coagulants

This is by no means an exhaustive list and you should feel free to ask Dr Etherington or our practice nurse about your individual medications.