Nutrition During Pregnancy

Medication & Drug Use in Pregnancy

Medication and drug use in pregnancy is something to talk to your healthcare provider about.

If you are taking any of the following, discuss their benefits versus concerns of continuing to take them, during your pregnancy:

  • Prescription Medication
  • Over-the-Counter Medication
  • Vitamin/Mineral Supplements
  • Herbal Supplements
  • Anything else you take or use

The following websites have pregnancy (breastfeeding too) medication/drug use information that you and your healthcare provider can use for your medication questions.

Websites:  Dr. Thomas Hale, at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, does research on medications and their effect on pregnancy and breastfeeding.   Dr. Jack Newman’s website—type “medication” into search box in upper right-hand corner of website.

 Illegal drugs–All illegal drugs should be avoided during pregnancy.  Illegal drugs such as marijuana (even though legalized in a few states), cocaine and others can lead to birth defects and infant death.  If you are using these drugs, your baby is too.

Drugs in Delivery–Please check with your healthcare provider to weigh the pros/cons of using various medications during delivery and their effect on your baby.  This way you can make a more informed choice about what you do during your delivery.