Many health complaints can arise during pregnancy due to the many weird and wonderful body changes that come with bringing life into the world. You'll want to be extra cautious during this period as many medicines can cross the placenta and reach the baby, potentially impacting its development.
Before taking any medicine, knowing which may be safe and unsafe to take during pregnancy is essential. This can depend on the stage of the pregnancy, and it's always best to speak to your doctor about any lifestyle changes you can implement to deal with the health issue before turning to medicine or supplements. Discuss with them anything to do with dosages as well as whether or not the medication is safe for your pregnancy stage, and your health.
The same goes for supplements and vitamins. Some of these, while considered natural, may not be safe. Then some are specifically formulated for pregnancy. You may have a condition for which you are already taking medication, so it's essential to discuss with your doctor whether you should continue. This will most likely involve debating the risks and benefits of doing so. Ask as many questions as possible about medicines you are considering taking.
In this article, we discuss some common medications and supplements people may consider taking while pregnant. We spoke to Liz Wilkes, a midwife of 28 years and Managing Director of My Midwives, about the general safety of these common remedies during pregnancy.