Medications and Pregnancy
FDA Safety Rating
The Role of Teratology Specialists
- Medications a woman took before she realized she was pregnant
- Medications prescribed for an illness that occurs during pregnancy
- Medications for chronic conditions
- An obstetric care provider who specializes in high risk pregnancies
- The doctor managing the chronic condition
- The primary care provider (if not managing the chronic condition or the pregnancy)
- A genetic counselor
Risks and Benefits
- A—controlled studies show no risk
- B—risk unlikely
- C—risk cannot be ruled out
- D—positive evidence of risk (maternal benefit may outweigh fetal risk in serious or life threatening situations)
- X—contraindicated in pregnancy (positive evidence of serious fetal harm)
- D—ACE inhibitors
- D—Aspirin (not recommended except for certain conditions.)
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The College of Family Physicians of Canada http://www.cfpc.ca
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- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 11/2014 -
- Update Date: 11/28/2012 -
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