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    Medication During Your Pregnancy

    Many women often become very concerned about the medications that they should take while they are pregnant.  This can make illnesses very difficult to treat if you are sick and you are pregnant.  So, there are some things that you will want to do in order to keep yourself, and your unborn child, safe throughout the pregnancy.  Having an understanding of what is safe for you to take, as well as keeping communication with your doctor open, are a few of the things that you should be doing. However, you will want to read the following list of categories related to medications in order to have a good understanding of what you can take and what you should not take.

    Categories of medications:

    Category A – these are medications that have been found to be safe during the time that someone is pregnant.  They may include folic acid, vitamin B6, and even medication that some individuals may be taking for their thyroid.

    Category B – these are medications that a lot of people will take during pregnancy and they have not been found to be harmful to the baby.  These medications will include Tylenol, artificial sweeteners, pepcid, advil or even insulin that is taken for diabetes.  However, it is very important to remember that women who are pregnant should actually avoid ibuprofen during the last three months of their pregnancy.

    Category C – these are the medications that are very likely to cause complications for the mother and the unborn baby.  These medications will include things like Sudafed and things like certain antidepressants.  These should never be taken without speaking to a health care professional first.

    Category D – medications that fall into this category are lithium and even many of the medications that are given during chemotherapy in order to treat cancer.  These medications will cause harm to the fetus while he, or she, is growing in the womb.

    It can become very difficult to determine what medications fall into what categories.  Because of this, is it often very important to discuss any new medications with a doctor before anything is taken.  This really is the safest thing for someone to do and it will definitely help decrease any concerns related to risks that may be involved.

    If you are currently taking any type of medication, and you find out that you are pregnant, you will definitely want to speak to your doctor about what you are taking and how often.  You may find out that you should stop taking certain medications and replace them with other medications. Your doctor will be able to explain all of the risks to you and help you make an informed, healthy decision for you and your baby.