Posts Tagged ‘early pregnancy’

Medications and pregnancy

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

pills-2You may have seen a lot of news coverage on a study linking some over-the-counter pain relievers to miscarriage. The Canadian study found that using non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), which can be found in common pain relievers like Advil®, Motrin® and Aleve®, can put women at risk for miscarriage if taken in early pregnancy.

While more research needs to be done on the safety of these pain relievers during pregnancy, it’s a good time to remember to talk to your health provider before taking any medicines during pregnancy. If you’re already taking medication to keep you healthy, talk to your provider to make sure it’s safe to continue taking the medication during pregnancy. Your provider may want to keep you on the same medicine or switch you to a safer medicine during pregnancy.

Learn more about medicines and other drugs, herbs and dietary supplements during pregnancy.

Folic acid awareness week and birth defects prevention month

Monday, January 5th, 2009

Today is the first day of National Folic Acid Awareness Week. Folic acid is a B vitamin that can help prevent birth defects of the brain and spinal cord called neural tube defects (NTDs). Folic acid works to prevent these birth defects only if taken before conception and during early pregnancy.

Because NTDs originate in the first month of pregnancy, before many women know they are pregnant, it is important for a woman to have enough folic acid in her system before conception. Folic acid is recommended for all women of childbearing age because about half of all pregnancies in the United States are unplanned.

We have a helpful video on folic acid that is apart of our Healthy Pregnancy, Healthy Baby video series. Click here to watch.

January is Birth Defects Prevention Month. The National Birth Defects Prevention Network’s Education and Outreach Committee developed a 2009 Birth Defects Prevention Month Packet focusing on “Obesity Prevention and Weight Management – Before, During, and After Pregnancy”. The packet materials are available by clicking here.  These resources can be shared with colleagues, policy makers, families, and others during Birth Defects Prevention Month and throughout the year.