Mom’s Immunosuppressant Drugs During First Trimester Safe for Baby

A recently published paper from medical researchers at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, indicates there is no significant risk associated with some of the most commonly prescribed immunosuppressants and adverse outcomes on fetal development. ... read more »

Melatonin Not Safe for Children’s Sleep Problems

An Australian physiologist who’s studied melatonin for 40 years, however, has recently issued a call for caution, especially when it’s given for children’s sleep problems. ... read more »

Pain Medication and Pregnancy

If you’re pregnant, you’re probably experiencing numerous aches and pains even while reading this. The extra weight of your developing baby can put a lot of stress on your bones and joints, so aches are common. ... read more »

Fertility Medications: Cycloset and Parlodel (Bromocriptine)

A doctor may prescribe Bromocriptine to help women who have an ovulation problem caused by a benign tumor in the pituitary gland, located in the brain just behind the nose. Doctors refer to this condition as pituitary adenoma. ... read more »

Should Pregnant Women Participate in Medical Research?

In any pregnancy, there is about a 3 per cent risk of delivering a baby with a birth defect (that's 3 out of every 100 babies born). The vast majority of drugs and vaccines do NOT cause fetal harm ... read more »

What Not to Do When Your Baby Swallows Something Harmful

You may have heard that it’s a good idea to keep ipecac in your medicine cabinet in case your baby swallows anything he shouldn’t. Ipecac is a medication that induces vomiting, so it seems to make sense as a treatment in that case. ... read more »

Activated Partial Thromboplastin Time - aPTT (Whole Blood) During Pregnancy

This blood test gives doctors an indication of blood clotting time. Blood is moved to the lab in vials that contain an anticoagulant (stops blood clotting). Once in the lab, a coagulant is added to the vial and the lab tech notes how long it takes for a clot to form. ... read more »

Vitamin C: How Much Is Too Much During Pregnancy?

Multivitamins that contain very high amounts of vitamin C are not considered safe during pregnancy. The best vitamin supplement is one that's specifically designed for pregnant women. ... read more »

Mom’s Antipsychotic Meds Affect Pregnancy

When doctors see pregnant patients who take or need to take antipsychotic drugs, they face the dilemma of treating the mother at the risk of the baby or sparing the baby by not treating the mother. ... read more »

What is the Best Prenatal Vitamin During Pregnancy?

The best prenatal vitamin contains the right amount of all essential vitamins. ... read more »

New Cancer Drug Can Help Stop Infertility

Though not every cancer survivor becomes infertile, it’s common enough for researcher to construct a new treatment that will hopefully be much gentler and give women a greater chance to convince after going through cancer treatments. ... read more »

Is Zyrtec Safe During Pregnancy And Breastfeeding?

Do you take Zyrtec and are pregnant, breastfeeding or trying to conceive? Read about the safety precautions for this popular allergy medicine. ... read more »

Reducing HIV Mother to Child Transmission with Oral Zidovudine (ZDV)

Mother to children transmission (MTCT) rates for HIV can be greatly reduced with anti-retroviral medications. However, according to researchers, clinical study has not established effectiveness and safety of oral zidovudine (ZDV) in infants. ... read more »

Low-Dose Anti-Anxiety Meds “Rebalanced” Autistic Brains in Clinical Study

A team of Seattle-based scientists found that the administration of certain anti-anxiety drugs seem to rebalance the autistic brain in ways that make impulse control more effective. ... read more »

Antidepressants During Pregnancy

For the pregnant woman on antidepressants, the psychiatrist and the obstetrician can work together to find a suitable treatment that will work with pregnancy and keep baby healthy during gestation. ... read more »

Valproate Linked to Increased Risk of Autism

Valproate is currently prescribed to women in child-bearing yearsfor the treatment of neuropsychological disorders and epilepsy, butaccording to a study published in JAMA's April 24th issue, Valproate may be linked to increased risk of autism. ... read more »

Abilify - Ariprazole During Pregnancy

Abilify Ariprazole is a prescription medicine used to treat schizophrenia in people age 13 years and older. ... read more »

Daily Baby Aspirin Could Lower Preeclampsia Risk

To reduce preeclampsia, a new study recommends certain pregnant women be routinely prescribed a regimen of one 81-milligram of aspirin — a baby aspirin — beginning at the 12th week of pregnancy. ... read more »

Human Breast Milk May Hold the Key to Curing Antibiotic Resistance

Antibiotic resistance is only increasing, but researchers believe theyhave found the key to brining antibiotic-resistant strains back undercontrol ' HAMLET. ... read more »

Antidepressants During Pregnancy Raises Risk of Newborn Lung Complication

A recent study indicates there is a small but increased risk of a particular lung condition the infant may develop when its mother takes an SSRI during the late stages of pregnancy. ... read more »

Multi-Studies Indicate SSRI Use Safe During Pregnancy

A class of drugs known as SSRIs brings relief to many people experiencing depression and anxiety but some doctors are hesitant to prescribe them for pregnant women. ... read more »

Medications With Alcohol During Pregnancy

  Pharmaceutical products with ethanol would fall under Category D of products screened by the US Food and Drug Administration. This category is for drugs which are known to cause various health risks to fetuses when the drugs are taken during pregnancy. ... read more »

Allergies in Pregnancy - What's Safe?

Women who suffer from allergies may find that they get better, stay the same, or feel even worse in pregnancy — each individual's response is different. ... read more »

Phyto-oestrogens, Ovulation and PCOS

The study shows an all-natural treatment works just as well as prescription clomiphene citrate at inducing ovulation and other positive changes to support conception in patients with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). ... read more »

Benefits of Antiretroviral Drugs Outweigh Risks During Pregnancy

The findings of a recent study may quiet concerns that the babies of women who are HIV-positive during pregnancy will be more prone to birth defects if the mother takes antiretroviral drugs. ... read more »

The Safety of Nasal Sprays during Pregnancy is Unclear

When you’re pregnant, even the most minor ailments can seem especially disheartening. You’re already in pain from your baby bump, so the added stress of any illnesses or complications can make you feel like you’d rather just stay in bed all day. ... read more »

Effect of HAART During Pregnancy

HAART or highly active antiretroviral treatment can be used in pregnancy to prevent mother-to-child HIV transmission. ... read more »

Heparin During Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

All about heparin and pregnancy/breastfeeding. Is it safe during pregnancy and/or breastfeeding. ... read more »

World Health Organization Promotes Ineffective Drug for Postpartum Hemorrhage

Postpartum hemorrhage (PPH) is a serious complication of pregnancy that impacts birth outcomes across all economies. ... read more »

Migraine Pain Meds Pose Limited Risk to Baby

Pregnancy means eating for two and it also means medicating for two, a challenge for many moms-to-be. Women prone to migraine headaches must be very careful about taking medication to ease the pain, without harming their growing baby. ... read more »

Corticosteroids During Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

All about corticosteroids and pregnancy/breastfeeding. Are they safe during pregnancy and/or breastfeeding? ... read more »

Antidepressant Medication During Pregnancy Does Not Increase Autism Risk

There does not appear to be a connection between taking antidepressant medication and the risk of autism, according to a new study that could not find evidence of an association between the two. ... read more »

What is a Pregnancy Registry and Why Should You Be in One?

A pregnancy registry is a study that gathers information from pregnant women who need to use medications during their pregnancies to improve their birth outcomes. ... read more »

Prenatal Exposure to Glucocorticoids May Increase Risk of Mental Health Issues in Offspring

Obstetricians commonly administer a certain steroid to pregnant women expected to give birth prematurely, but a new study shows this medication may increase the child's risk for behavioral and emotional problems later in life. ... read more »

ADHD: Real Diagnosis or Provocative Sales Pitch?

It's been more than 50 years since Dr. Keith Conners first started hiscampaign to convince other doctors and parents that the 'bad seed' kidmay actually suffer a neurological disorder. His message was heard andnow he regrets it. ... read more »

5 OTC Pain Medications Pregnant Women Should Avoid

You may think you are heading to the store to buy a simple, over-the-counter (OTC) pain killer, but you could be putting your unborn baby at risk of fetal complications. ... read more »

Wellbutrin During Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

All about Wellbutrin during pregnancy, breastfeeding and trying to conceive (TTC). Is it safe for use? ... read more »

Rare Birth Defects Associated with Over-the-Counter Decongestants

According to a new study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, over-the-counter decongestants may be a cause for concern when used in the first trimester of pregnancy. ... read more »

Asthma Inhalers During Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

All about asthma inhalers and pregnancy/breastfeeding. Are they safe during pregnancy and/or breastfeeding? ... read more »

Patanol During Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

All about Patanol during pregnancy, breastfeeding and trying to conceive (TTC). Is it safe for use? ... read more »

Valproate Dose Linked to Birth Defects

Valproate is a medication prescribed to women with epilepsy. Previous studies have shown a clear connection between the drug and birth defects, leaving some women fearful of starting a family. ... read more »

Celebrity Wife Danielle Jonas Talks Pregnancy, Anxiety, and What To Do About It

Danielle Jonas rose to fame in 2009 when she married Kevin, the oldest of the three Jonas Brothers; she talk about juggling everything while preparing for the arrival of their first child. ... read more »

Acetaminophen, Tylenol During Pregnancy Raises Risk of Baby’s ADHD

The general perception has been that it's OK to take Tylenol during pregnancy but a recent study of Danish mothers and their children suggests some rethinking may be in order. ... read more »

Effective Asthma Control Benefits Mother and Baby

Asthmatic mothers-to-be everywhere can breathe easier knowing the medications they relied upon before becoming pregnant are the best course of treatment during pregnancy, too. ... read more »

Many Commonly Used Prescription, OTC Drugs Are Lethal to Small Children

We don't know how many commonly used prescription and over-the-counter drugs in use today are safe during pregnancy, nursing, and childhood but we do know many are lethal to small children. ... read more »

Citalopram (Celexa) During Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

All about Citalopram during pregnancy, breastfeeding and trying to conceive (TTC). Is it safe? ... read more »

Claritin During Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

All about Claritin during pregnancy, breastfeeding and trying to conceive (TTC). Is it safe for use? ... read more »

Clomiphene (Clomid) During Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

Clomiphene (Clomid) during pregnancy, breastfeeding and trying to conceive (TTC). Is it safe? ... read more »

Topical Corticosteroids and Pregnancy Outcomes

  Researchers recently completed a study based on the population of the United Kingdom in an effort to find out whether topical corticosteroid use by pregnant women increased risk of negative pregnancy outcomes.  ... read more »

Magnesium Sulfate During Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

All about magnesium sulfate and pregnancy/breastfeeding. Is it safe during pregnancy and/or breastfeeding? ... read more »