Resources for Effects of Medications on Pregnancy and Breastfeeding
Childbirth Connection's Medication Resource
Planning Pregnancy: Medications
In our section called The Stages of Pregnancy, we have outlined the planning of your pregnancy, each stage of pregnancy, giving birth, and the early period after birth. This link is devoted to relationships, and emotions and stress while planning for your pregnancy.
General Medication Resources Related to Pregnancy
U.S. Food and Drug Administration: Index to Drug Specific Information
Drug Information Online, a comprehensive and up-to-date drug information resource online; provides searching of over 24,000 approved medications
Resources for Medications and Other Chemical Exposures During Pregnancy
Alliance for the Improvement of Maternity Services, information on drugs used during labor and birth and on the U.S.
federal oversight process, with a focus on concerns; identifies dozens of drugs
that have never been approved for obstetrics by the Food and Drug
Administration (FDA) and are used "off-label" with pregnant women; discusses
effects of FDA-approved obstetric drugs; includes resources for maternity
rights and informed decision making
Perinatology.com: Drugs In Pregnancy and Breastfeeding, information on specific medication use during pregnancy and breastfeeding
Perinatology.com: Infections During Pregnancy, information on infections during pregnancy
Perinatology.com: Exposure to Chemicals During Pregnancy, information on chemical exposure during pregnancy
U.S. Food and Drug Administration: Office of Women's Health, guide to pregnancy registires
U.S. Food and Drug Administration: Office of Women's Health, provides a list of pregnancy registries for women taking specific medications during pregnancy
U.S. Food and Drug Administration: Office of Women's Health, women's health topics specifically focusing on pregnancy and motherhood
Organization of Teratology Information Specialists: Fact Sheets, fact sheets to educate the public on various medication (and other) exposures of concern during pregnancy
The Hospital for Sick Children: MotherRisk, Treating the Mother--Protecting the Unborn, information on the safety or risk of drugs, chemicals and disease during pregnancy and lactation
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