Pregnancy and Drug Safety

Drug Safety during pregnancy.

At some point during your pregnancy you’ll find you need to take some sort of medicine. Yet even though you might have your doctor’s blessing for some, there is precious little information regarding drugs. The information that can be found is often difficult to come by without extensive research. With your unborn baby’s life on the line, shouldn’t easy to understand information be readily accessible?

Safe Drugs, or Not

If you’re a woman who’s pregnant, or looking to become pregnant, you can use the internet to find out what drugs are safe to use. With vast amounts of information at your fingertips, this information shouldn’t be too difficult to find.

The problem you’ll run into is that no two lists are the same. Drugs listed on one website as safe are determined to be risky on another. In addition, no conclusive evidence could be found regarding safety claims for over 40% of the drugs listed. Although these claims may be valid, the truth is it’s unknown to the general public.

To make matters worse, doctors further the confusion by issuing lists that vary as widely as the websites do.

There are a handful of drugs that are considered safe by the medical community. Flu shots throughout your pregnancy are fine, as well as ibuprofen in your first two trimesters. Experts also agree Zofran, an anti-nausea drug, is safe to use throughout your pregnancy.

Revamping the System

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDCP) and the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) have called for a reworking of drug labeling. These agencies are proposing new requirements in regards to more informative details on the labels. With this proposal being recently put on the table, it’s unlikely you’ll see the new labels any time soon.

Many issues stem from pharmaceutical companies being reluctant to study drug effects on pregnant women. Such hesitation results in research taking years to become conclusive one way or another.

Individual Determinants

Of course, each pregnancy is different. Because of this fact, it’s difficult to determine what drugs are safe. Family medical history, allergies, quality of life and your general environment are all components that need consideration.

Your doctor may tell you not to worry about taking ibuprofen, for example, during your first two trimesters. However, the same doctor might recommend against it for your next door neighbor. Due to your differences in the factors mentioned, drugs that are safe for your pregnancy could result in a number of birth defects for someone else.


Until details about manufactured drugs are readily available, it may be best to avoid them during your pregnancy. There are natural remedies that pose little threat to you and your unborn child. These homeopathic medicines are time tested and don’t carry many of the side effects that man-made drugs do.

With so much information at hand, it’s shocking how little can be found. In the end, the CDCP and FDA need to push harder to revamp drug information. Making the pharmaceutical companies more transparent is vital in increasing your health, as well as your baby’s.

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