Prescription Drugs and Your Rights as a Pregnant Woman

Not all drugs pass through pregnancy testing before being approved by the FDA – that’s why some drugs are pushed into a general pregnancy category that simply says – we haven’t tested this drug so proceed with caution. ... read more »

The Effective Drug for Children with Sickle Cell Anemia

Sickle cell anemia is a nasty disorder that can be diagnosed at birth and during adulthood. It’s characterized by a reduced red blood cell count and oddly shaped blood cells. ... read more »

Researchers Want OTC Decongestant Off the Market

Phenylephrine has not been adequately tested as a decongestant until recently, prompting a team of research scientists to declare it so ineffective they urge the FDA to remove it from the market. ... read more »

Safe Medications During Breastfeeding

Learn about which medications are safe for breastfeeding. ... 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 »

Reducing HIV Mother-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, a clinical study has not established the effectiveness and safety of oral zidovudine (ZDV) in infants. ... read more »

Prenatal Exposure to Glucocorticoids: Risk of Mental Health Issues

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 »

Are Mom’s Immunosuppressant Drugs Safe for the 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 »

Lung Ultrasound Identifies Preeclampsia Respiratory Failure Risk

Preeclampsia, characterized by high blood pressure and high levels of protein in the urine, is usually diagnosed after week 32 but, in some cases, symptoms appear as early as week 20. ... read more »

Benefits of Antiretroviral Drugs 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 »

Antidepressants During Pregnancy and Newborn Lung Complications

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 »

Antidepressants During Pregnancy Do 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 »

NSAID Medications Increase Miscarriage Risk

Women who take nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs) around conception are more likely to suffer a miscarriage than women who did not take the drugs. ... read more »

World Mourns Loss of Thalidomide Champion Frances Oldham Kelsey

Dr. Kelsey would change the world of pharmaceuticals, and save the lives of untold thousands of babies around the world. ... 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 »

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 »

Medications May Be 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 »

OTC Pain-Relievers Show Promise Preventing Recurrent UTIs

As many as 40% of women who experience a UTI will have recurrent episodes. A recent study suggests prevention of recurrent UTIs could soon be just a store shelf away. ... read more »

Anti-Anxiety Meds May “Rebalanced” Autistic Brains

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

Human Breast Milk May Hold the Key to Curing Antibiotic Resistance

Antibiotic resistance is only increasing, but researchers believe they have found the key to bringing antibiotic-resistant strains back under control. ... read more »

Preconception Medications

As you step back from the medicine cabinet it hits you ' can I takethese same medications when I'm pregnant? How about before I conceive? ... read more »

Fertility Friend - Fertilaid Trying To Get Pregnant

Fertilaid help you get pregnant faster. It is is a fertility supplement designed by Dr. Grunebaum using all-natural and non-prescription formulas to enhance fertility and improve reproductive health. ... read more »

FertilAid Side Effects

The scientifically-validated herbal-nutritional components of FertilAid for Women have been selected for their roles in promoting reproductive wellness. But are there any side effects? ... read more »

Clomid-What is it?

Clomid is a synthetic chemical whose chemical name is Clomiphene citrate. It induces ovulation by fooling your body into believing that there is less estrogen. ... read more »

Clomid With a Missed Period and a Negative Pregnancy Test

As an Ob Gyn I am usually dismayed how many women take clomiphene citrate (Clomid) and don't know what it does and how take it. ... read more »

How Many Months Can Clomid Be Taken?

How many months can Clomid be taken? Clomid is an oral fertility medication used to induce ovulation in women who have are not ovulating to help them get pregnant. ... 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 »

I Took Provera And Still Didn't Get My Period

I have no period and did not bleed at all even after taking Provera. What does this mean? ... read more »

Constipation and Pregnancy: Is There a Safe Stool Softener?

Pregnancy constipation can be especially uncomfortable, but there are some over the counter stool softeners considered safe for use during pregnancy. ... 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 »

An Acne Pill that Causes Birth Defects

Overall, Accutane is safe for people who are not pregnant and are not trying to conceive. However, the drug can cause serious birth defects. ... read more »

Metoclopramide (Reglan) for Morning Sickness

Morning sickness is a classic symptom of early pregnancy, often unpleasant but mild and clearing up on its own by the end of the first trimester. Sometimes, though, nausea and vomiting associated with pregnancy are severe, lingering long after the first trimester. ... read more »

Follistim While Pregnant and Breastfeeding

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

Letrozole Superior to HRT in Frozen-Thawed Embryo Transfer

Letrozole, a prescription medication commonly used to suppress estrogen in women with hormone-responsive breast cancer, may prove beneficial for women undergoing frozen-thawed embryo transfer (FET), according to researchers. ... read more »

hCG While Pregnant and Breastfeeding

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

Fertility Medications Overview

Infertility is one of the most complex medical specialties. It comes with a language all its own. It comes with an array of medicines all its own, too. ... read more »

Are Stool-Softening Laxatives Safe While Pregnant and Breastfeeding?

All about stool-softening laxatives and pregnancy/breastfeeding. Are they safe during pregnancy and/or breastfeeding? ... read more »

Is Vicodin Safe While Pregnant and Breastfeeding?

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

Is Allegra Safe During Pregnancy and Breastfeeding?

Learn all about Allegra and if it is safe to use during pregnancy and/or while breastfeeding. ... read more »

Celebrity Wife Talks About Pregnancy and Anxiety

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 »

Activated Partial Thromboplastin Time 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 »

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 »

OTC Antihistamines - Good For You, Good For baby?

Antihistamines purchased over the counter (OTC) as well as those thatrequire prescriptions have become so commonplace in the averageAmerican's family medicine cabinet that they are often taken forgranted. ... read more »

Erythromycin During Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

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

Insulin During Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

All about insulin and pregnancy/breastfeeding. Is it safe during pregnancy and/or breastfeeding? ... 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) painkiller, but you could be putting your unborn baby at risk of fetal complications. ... 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 »

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