Having a baby can be a joyous time.The FDA has lots of resources to help you make good choices about medicines, foods, and other products 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.
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Lots of women need to take medicines while they are pregnant. Learn how you can sign-up for a pregnancy registry to share your experience with medicines.
Use these resources to help you talk with your health care provider about the medicines you take during your pregnancy.
- Fact Sheet - Medicine and Pregnancy
- Fact Sheet - Los medicamentos y el embarazo
- Pregnancy Registries (for women who take prescription medicines during pregnancy)
- Registries help moms measure medication risks
- Video for Pregnant Women and New Moms
- Pregnancy: A Time for Special Caution
- Medication Guides
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.
- Food Safety at Home
- Food Safety for Moms-To-Be Resources
- Brochure on Food Safety for Pregnanct Women
- Video on Food Safety for Pregnant Women
- Checklist of Foods to Avoid During Pregnancy (foodsafety.gov)
- Fish: What Pregnant Women and Parents Should Know
- Common Questions about Listeria
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.
- Breast Pumps
- Breast Pumps: Don't Be Misled - Get the Facts
- Using Breast Milk from Another Woman
- Using Codeine Products while Nursing/Breastfeeding
X-Rays and Ultrasounds
Other Helpful Tips for New Moms
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.
- Infant Formula
- Do Not Feed Simply Thick to Premature Infants
- Food Safety - Once Your Baby Arrives
- Babies Spitting Up - Normal in Most Cases
- Know Concentration Before Giving Acetaminphen to Infants
- New Do Teething Babies Need Medicine on Their Gums? NO
- Infant Sleep Positioners
- Do Baby Products Prevent SIDS? FDA Says No
- Should You Put Sunscreen on Infants? Not Usually
Medicines and Children
- Giving Medicine to Children (video)
- General Medication Tips for Parents
- Lock it Up: Medicine Safety in Your Home (video)
- Know Active Ingredients in Children's Meds
- Report Kids' Problems with Medical Products
- Children's Health
General Pregnancy Resources
- text4baby - Free text messages for pregnant women and new moms
- MedlinePlus - Links to other goverment resources for pregnant women
- womenshealth.gov - Helpful tips on pregnancy
- Flu.gov - Pregnant Women and the Flu
NIH - Gestational Diabetes CDC - Diabetes and Pregnancy CDC - Medications and Pregnancy March of Dimes
- MotherToBaby (Organization of Teratology Information Specialists) Call to speak with a counselor about taking medicines while you are pregnant or breastfeeding. 1-866-626-6847.
- Up and Away - A program on how to safely store medicines