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Drugs and Pregnancy

A woman should talk to her doctor, midwife, nurse practitioner or pharmacist before taking any drug 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 talk to someone so that you 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 from the mother to the baby. Some drugs can hurt your baby by causing premature birth, birth defects, and other health risks.

If you are pregnant and have questions about using a prescription drug, over-the-counter drug, herbal preparation, supplement or street drug, visit Motherisk, or 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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