Resources for Effects of Medications on Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

Childbirth Connection's Medication Resource

Planning Pregnancy: Medications
In our section called The Stages of Pregnancy, we have outlined the planning of your pregnancy, each stage of pregnancy, giving birth, and the early period after birth. This link is devoted to relationships, and emotions and stress while planning for your pregnancy.

General Medication Resources Related to Pregnancy

U.S. Food and Drug Administration: Index to Drug Specific Information

Drug Information Online, a comprehensive and up-to-date drug information resource online; provides searching of over 24,000 approved medications

Resources for Medications and Other Chemical Exposures During Pregnancy

Alliance for the Improvement of Maternity Services, information on drugs used during labor and birth and on the U.S. federal oversight process, with a focus on concerns; identifies dozens of drugs that have never been approved for obstetrics by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and are used "off-label" with pregnant women; discusses effects of FDA-approved obstetric drugs; includes resources for maternity rights and informed decision making Drugs In Pregnancy and Breastfeeding, information on specific medication use during pregnancy and breastfeeding Infections During Pregnancy, information on infections during pregnancy Exposure to Chemicals During Pregnancy, information on chemical exposure during pregnancy

U.S. Food and Drug Administration: Office of Women's Health, guide to pregnancy registires

U.S. Food and Drug Administration: Office of Women's Health, provides a list of pregnancy registries for women taking specific medications during pregnancy

U.S. Food and Drug Administration: Office of Women's Health, women's health topics specifically focusing on pregnancy and motherhood

Organization of Teratology Information Specialists: Fact Sheets, fact sheets to educate the public on various medication (and other) exposures of concern during pregnancy

The Hospital for Sick Children: MotherRisk, Treating the Mother--Protecting the Unborn, information on the safety or risk of drugs, chemicals and disease during pregnancy and lactation

The Complete Guide to Everyday Risks in Pregnancy and Breastfeeding, by Gideon Koren, a pregnancy book
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The Complete Guide to Everyday Risks in Pregnancy and Breastfeeding: Answers to Your Questions About Morning Sickness, Medications, Herbs, Diseases, Chemical Exposures & More (2004), by Gideon Koren.

This book offers authoritative descriptions of the risks involved during pregnancy and breast-feeding, from prescription drugs, diseases, chemicals, vitamins, herbs, foods, alcohol, cigarette smoke, recreational drugs, and other abuse substances. Some of the topics covered: tests for determining risks before conception, during pregnancy and after birth; charts and scores of answers to Frequently Asked Questions; charts of safe/unsafe medications, chemicals, vitamins, herbs and foods; practical advice for treating illnesses, avoiding exposure to toxic chemicals, and eating safely.

Learn more about The Complete Guide to Everyday Risks in Pregnancy and Breastfeeding from Amazon pregnancy and breastfeeding book

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Most recent page update: 9/5/2012