Almost every pregnant woman will face a decision about taking medicines before and during pregnancy. Some women may be taking medicines to manage a health condition before they become pregnant (such as diabetes, asthma, epilepsy or depression), while other women may develop a health condition during pregnancy that requires treatment with medicines (such a urinary tract infection).
Here are examples of questions to ask your healthcare provider:
- Will I need to change my medicines if I want to get pregnant?
Before you get pregnant, work with your healthcare provider to make a plan to help you safely use your medicines.
- How might my medicine affect my baby?
Ask about the benefits and risks for you and your baby.
- What medicines, supplements and herbs should I avoid?
Some medicines, supplements and herbs can harm your baby during different stages of your pregnancy. At these times, your healthcare provider may recommend you take something else or stop taking it while you are pregnant.
- Will I need to take more or less of my medicine?
Your heart and kidneys work harder when you are pregnant. This makes some medicines pass through your body faster than usual, so doses may need to change.
- Can I keep taking my medicine when I start breastfeeding?
Some medicines are safe, but some can get into your breast milk and affect your baby.
- What kind of vitamins should I take?
Ask about special vitamins for pregnant women called pre-natal vitamins. Some dietary supplements may have too much or too little of the vitamins that you need. Talk to your healthcare provider about what kind of pre-natal vitamins you should take before you start taking them.