Since yesterday was officially week 25 in my wife’s pregnancy, I saw this article and immediately felt like I had to post it.
With the rising number of medications people are taking on a daily basis, the safety of both over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription medication should be a concern for every mother-to-be (and father-to-be!).
A few standout statistics from studies mentioned in the article include:
- Over 70% of women take OTC or prescription medications during their first trimester.
- About 1/2 of women take at least 1 prescription medication during pregnancy
- Fetal risk is “undetermined” for over 95% of the medications that have been approved in the last decade.
Since most drug trials fail to include pregnant women, although they may meet safety guidelines for the general population, safety during pregnancies are largely unknown. Even successful safety studies on animals don’t necessary apply to humans since the biological mechanisms can be completely different.
The safest course of action…. don’t take any medications if you can avoid it! I know Tylenol has been deemed safe for use during pregnancy, so you could use it to relieve any nagging aches and pains, but do your growing child a favor and try to avoid medications as much as possible. There are just to many unknown variables to take the risks.
If you’re pregnant, your spouse is pregnant, or even if you know someone who is pregnant, I highly recommend you read through the entire article.