Medication and pregnancy, what is safe?

A Pharmacoepidemiology & Drug Safety report found that most websites on the internet post inaccurate lists of medications said to be safe for pregnant women. The list of medications are often based on little evidence and are misleading to pregnant women.

So what medication are safe to take during pregnancy? And what websites can you trust?

The internet should never be a primary source for medical advice. Pregnant women should talk to their doctor first about any medications (over-the-counter or prescription) they are taking or thinking about taking. As of now, there is no one comprehensive program monitoring the effects of medication use during pregnancy.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is working to improve the quality of information available on medication use in pregnancy and its accessibility on the internet with its TRxeating for Two: Safe Medication Use in Pregnancy Initiative.

The initiative also aims to make mothers and babies healthier by providing better health care information.