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Having a baby can be a joyous time.The FDA has lots of resources to help you make good choices about the medicines, foods, and other products that are safe for you and your baby.


Medicine and Pregnancy

Some women need to take medicines during pregnancy for health problems like diabetes, depression, morning sickness or seizures. Always talk with your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist before taking any medicines, vitamins or herbs. Don't stop taking your prescription medicines unless your health care provider says that it is OK.


Use these resources to help you talk with your health care provider about the medicines you take during your pregnancy.



Food Safety

Pregnancy makes it harder for your body to fight off illness caused by food. Some foods are not safe for you and your baby. Check out these food safety tips.


Breast Pumps and Breastfeeding

The FDA has general tips on how to safely use a breast pump and store breast milk. Talk to your health care provider for other breastfeeding tips.


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Other Helpful Tips for New Moms


African American woman holding a baby    There is a lot you need to know about the medicines and other products you use for your baby. FDA has free videos and brochures to help you talk to your healthcare provider about what is best for you and your baby.




     Medicines and Children


     Mom's Health