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Pregnancy and Before

Drugs and Pregnancy

It is important to talk to the doctor, midwife, nurse practitioner or pharmacist before taking any drug during pregnancy, whether it is a prescription drug, over-the-counter drug, herbal preparation, supplement or street drug. There are many drugs that are safe to use during pregnancy. However, some drugs do pose a risk therefore it is important to understand the benefits and risks. The effects are different for each drug.  Some drugs can easily go across the placenta to the baby. Some drugs can affect the blood flow to the baby. Some drugs can hurt your baby by causing premature birthbirth defects, and other health risks.

If you are pregnant and using opioids, click here for more information.

If you are pregnant and have questions about using a prescription drug, over-the-counter drug, herbal preparation, supplement or street drug, visit Motheriskor call the Motherisk Helpline 1-877-439-2744.

You can also make a confidential call to the Motherisk Alcohol and Substance Use Helpline 1-877-327-4636 for information about the fetal effects of alcohol, nicotine and substance use. For more information on prenatal health, healthy pregnancies, and services in Simcoe Muskoka, please contact your health care provider or contact Health Connection by calling 1-705-721-7520 or 1-877-721-7520 Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., by email or connect with us wherever you are on Facebook or Twitter.

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