Medicines to avoid when pregnant
About one out of every 33 babies is born with birth defects each year; about 2% to 3% of those are believed to be from drug exposure. A lot of medications, both prescription and over the counter, are safe to use when pregnant. However, there are a few medications to avoid when pregnant and you should be extra careful. Some medicines which you would take normally can cause problems for baby’s development, especially in the first 8 to 10 weeks of pregnancy.This is the time when your baby’s brain, heart, and lungs are developing – medication interactions could lead to defects in these areas. So inform your doctor about ALL the medications you take and see if any should be avoided or your dosage changed. If you must take medicines, then please avoid the following medications/ medical procedures. They are believed to cause fetal abnormalities in your developing child.
Knowing that medicine and pregnancy don’t always mix well- remember that if you are pregnant, you should not take any form of medication without consulting with your doctor first.